The Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Rivalling Surgery in 2020

In the very early days of cosmetic treatments, those who wished to reverse the signs of ageing, or replenish lost elasticity within the skin, may have felt that the only way to achieve obvious results was to opt for a surgical procedure.

Now, however, the tables have turned, and there are many innovative non-surgical options that offer an alternative to long and potentially painful recoveries, unnecessary anaesthesia, hospital stays, and the high costs of surgery.

The best results are those that are subtle, yet palpable; they will work with your natural beauty, facial structure, and distinctive characteristics, and they will not leave you squinting into the mirror, searching for signs of improvement. You will see a change, and others will notice it without jumping to the conclusion that you have ‘had work done’.

More than ever before, patients are realising the benefits of working in ways that harmonise with the body, rather than putting it through the stress and strain of surgical procedures. For example, using gentle fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid, the main component found in human collagen, to give natural plumpness and hydrate the skin without downtime.

How Do Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Work?

No two treatments work in the same way; we are able to utilise a wide array of technologies and treatments, which can be used to target particular areas of the face and body in different ways.

A number of treatments seek to enhance the body’s stores of collagen, which is naturally lost as we grow older. Some will reintroduce it into the secondary layers of skin, while others work to stimulate the body into replenishing its own stores naturally.

Here are just a few of the most successful skin tightening and revitalising treatments, anti-wrinkle treatments, and non-surgical facelift treatments of 2020 – and how they are able to compete with the world of invasive cosmetic surgery.

The HIFU Non-Surgical Facelift

HIFU, high intensity focused ultrasound, is a relatively new skin tightening technique that achieves astounding results as a non-surgical facelift for patients bothered by wrinkles, sagging, lost-elasticity, and definition around the face and neck.

Unlike a traditional, surgical facelift, HIFU does not require any cuts to be made into the skin; instead, it works by rapidly heating the layers of skin that sit beneath the surface of your face. In response, the cells begin to produce collagen and reverse the signs of ageing from within.

Initial results will be noticeable straight away, though further progress will occur in the months that follow and should last for up to eighteen months. While some patients opt for a second procedure with the HIFU device around three months after their first appointment, this is not necessary for everyone.

Any discomfort is minimal and does not require a local anaesthetic or numbing injection. Since no incisions are made, there will be no scarring or bandaging required.

HIFU Treatment Cost: £600 – £1200, depending on the area being treated.

HIFU Recovery Period: None.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical face treatments for men and women of all ages, and they can be used to reintroduce fullness, smooth out fine lines, and improve definition in every area of the face. The fillers themselves are able to mimic human collagen; they can be targeted towards specific areas and produce incredibly natural-looking results that do not shift or migrate away from the treatment area.

This is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to reintroduce a touch of plumpness into areas of the face that may have begun to take on a hollow or ‘sagging’ appearance.

Dermal fillers do dissolve over time but, depending on the area being treated, they can last for up to eighteen months before requiring a top-up procedure. What’s more, the use of dermal fillers can prompt the body to begin replenishing its own collagen, which can mean that you will see lasting improvement, even as the fillers begin to dissolve.

Dermal fillers can also be used in a ‘liquid rhinoplasty’ and can smooth out the nose’s profile to create a straighter profile, and lift the tip without creating any incisions, or damaging the cartilage in the process.

While any discomfort will be minor, you can have a numbing cream applied to the area a short while before the injections are made.

Dermal Fillers Cost: Typically between £300 – £785, depending on the amount of filler needed, and what areas of the face are being treated.

Dermal Fillers Recovery Period: 1-2 weeks for minor bruising.

Profhilo

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are well-recognised, and almost half of the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in your body is contained within the skin tissue, just beneath the upper layer. It is responsible for hydrating the skin and maintaining a firm, youthful, healthy appearance.

Some of the most popular facial creams and serums on the market today boast hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient. Whilst these creams claim to deliver hyaluronic acid into the skin the actual amounts reaching the important lower layers are negligible.

Profhilo involves injections to target five specific areas in the cheeks and chin area, offering an excellent way to deliver the goodness into the right layers of the skin. This moisturising injection will rejuvenate tired or sunken skin, improving texture, and restoring vitality to your face. You’ll be glowing 2 weeks after the treatment.

Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo will diffuse beneath the skin. This process will occur shortly after the procedure has been completed and will enable the benefits to be felt across a wider area. There will be a slight recovery time as the small ‘lumps’ caused by this diffusion dissipate, but this will typically disappear within 24 hours.

Profhilo Cost: £500 for two spaced four weeks apart.

Profhilo Recovery Time: 3 – 24 hours.

The PDO Thread Lift

The collagen that we begin to lose as we pass our mid-twenties is necessary for maintaining firmness and structure within the face. By the age of thirty, this change and loss of collagen will begin to be apparent with sagging and the appearance of jowls.  PDO thread lift offers a remarkable alternative to surgery and it can reposition structures back to the more youthful days, and boost collagen within the face.

Rather than making incisions into the skin, incredibly thin threads can be inserted just beneath the surface layer to create a fine, supportive ‘mesh’ that supports the skin’s natural elasticity. It will also encourage the skin to produce more collagen as a result, creating further support.

The threads can be placed in a number of different positions, depending on the results you would like to achieve. They dissolve after around six months, but the results remain for between one year and eighteen months.

PDO Thread Lift Cost: Typically between £350 – £850, depending on the area being treated.

PDO Thread Lift Recovery Time: A week to ten days, for bruising.

Aqualyx Fat Dissolving Injections

Despite the proliferation of innovative new facial treatments, many people are left wondering whether liposuction is the only effective treatment available to shift small ‘pockets’ of fat.

Aqualyx is a gentle, non-invasive alternative to liposuction, so avoids anaesthesia and a prolonged – and potentially painful – recovery time. These injections can be performed at the clinic within 20 minutes and may be used to dissolve pockets of fat in the thighs, abdomen, arms, and the chin area.

The primary ingredient in Aqualyx, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring substance capable of dissolving fat membranes and prompting those stubborn areas to break down gradually. While it may require more treatments than a single liposuction procedure, typically up to 3 sessions it will also lead to tighter, firmer results than liposuction is able to offer.

Aqualyx Cost: For the chin, £350 for the initial session. For areas of the body, £450 for the initial session. Subsequent sessions are discounted.

Aqualyx Recovery Time: One week without strenuous activity as bruising/swelling eases, and three more weeks for a complete recovery.

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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Injections involving the botulinum toxin are incredibly popular. They can be used to target many areas within the face and neck known to suffer the most from the visible signs of ageing. It works by blocking the signals to the muscles in the face to contract, therefore reducing the ‘tug’ on the skin. Your face will feel smoother and tighter with less fine lines appearing.

Results can last for up to six months and take one to two weeks to become apparent. You won’t wake up and have a completely smooth face, the results gradually develop over 14 days giving more natural changes. Some of the most bothersome areas, such as the delicate wrinkles around the eyes and strong lines in-between the eyebrows as well as ageing muscles in the neck  (platysmal bands) can be targeted in order to effectively ‘reverse’ the signs of ageing.

The procedure itself does not require any downtime, and you can return to work immediately after, although slight bruising may occur at the site of the injection.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cost: Between £175- 380 depending on the area being treated.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections Recovery Time: Minimal to no recovery time needed. The results are seen at 2 weeks.

How to Find the Right Clinic

There have been many incredible innovations within the world of non-surgical face treatments and skin-tightening procedures, with revolutionary new techniques and technologies offering natural and safe results for patients.

This is fantastic news for anyone seeking an alternative to surgery, but it also means that doing your due diligence, and avoiding practitioners who have invested in the equipment – but not the extensive training necessary for producing the best results – is more important than ever before.

The right clinic for you will be one that is backed by years of experience and training, excellent results, and a great track record in performing procedures without complications.

Our practice is owned and led by Dr. Davina Wilson, who is highly respected within the fields of medicine and cosmetic treatments. With over 10,000 successful procedures to date and a strong dedication to advanced practices and training at the clinic, patients can feel confident that their visit will leave them feeling happy, healthy, and with glowing skin.

 

How to Achieve Natural Results with Dermal Fillers

Long gone are the days when ‘getting work done’ was synonymous with surgery, or extreme transformations that compromised the face’s natural contours, structure, and beauty.

The vast majority of us do not want our cosmetic treatments to speak for themselves. We want gentle yet tangible results. We also want those results to work with our natural beauty, maintain our facial structure, and give off an air of good health, youthfulness, and vitality that age and stress may have begun to undermine.

Fortunately, revolutionary developments in the world of non-surgical cosmetic procedures are designed with this nuance in mind; they seek to revive lost collagen and structure, and to rejuvenate the face in a way that screams “long weekend in St Tropez”, rather than “overnight stay and six weeks’ recovery”.

With that in mind, achieving the best results still relies on you choosing an excellent practitioner who understands the subtleties of facial anatomy, and holds the wealth of experience necessary to realise the full benefit dermal fillers can offer.

Dr Davina Wilson and the team have considerable experience in offering patients the best outcome from their procedures. Here are a few of the ways dermal fillers can be used to achieve natural results.

anti Wrinkle Injections

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are an incredibly popular injectable solution of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally within the body – and particularly within the skin’s collagen stores, where it can create a firmness, elasticity, and a smoother texture.

Unfortunately, as we age, this collagen is gradually lost, which is why we all begin to experience visible changes in our faces, from fine lines and wrinkles to sagging, and a more hollow, undefined appearance. This process begins from the age of around twenty-five, but it tends to become more obvious in our thirties.

By introducing this hyaluronic acid back into targeted areas within the face through a series of non-invasive injections, we can offer patients significant, natural results that reverse the signs of ageing, and add plumper, more youthful look back into the face.

Dermal fillers can be used to improve lost depth around the delicate eye area (tear troughs), to smooth out wrinkles that appear along the nose to mouth area (nasolabial folds), or restore cheek contouring. They can also be used to create greater definition around the chin, jawline, and temples, and add more fullness back into the lips.

They can also be used as an effective alternative to the surgical rhinoplasty, and offer a non-invasive option for anyone looking to ‘smooth out’ any bumps in the bridge of their nose.

Dermal fillers typically last for up to 18 months, but returning for yearly ‘top-up’ treatments often encourages the body to begin to produce more of its own natural collagen over time.

Remember that Less is More

It is a common misconception among new patients and inexperienced practitioners alike that achieving obvious results requires a large amount of filler.

In reality, remarkable results can be achieved with very little filler, sometimes only 1-2 ml. When treating lips at the clinic, we use 1ml, which is 1/5th of a teaspoon. However, this amount can give lips a noticeably plumper more contoured look. We always avoid the trout pout or sausage over-filled look.

Capturing your natural beauty does not need to rely on large quantities of filler – or any other cosmetic treatment or surgery, for that matter. The right approach is much more nuanced and requires a great deal more finesse than using as much filler as possible in problematic areas.

Consider Your Entire Face – Not Just the Specific Area That Bothers You

We are all guilty of occasionally standing a little too close to the mirror, and scrutinising every part of our faces individually – looking for those imperfections that, under bright lighting and intense magnification, make us unhappy.

Other people, however, do not look at us in the same way. They see the entirety of our face, from its shape and structure to the natural flow of our features.

As such, focussing your attention on improving one area of your face is not the way to achieving the most natural results. Those experienced in performing these procedures have the right eye for understanding facial anatomy, and how best to work with your face as a whole, rather than as a collection of separate pieces.

An example of taking a more holistic approach to assessing the face is when we focus on the nose to mouth lines ( nasolabial folds). These folds develop as soft tissue and structures from around the mid-face area and cheeks have dropped down. If the practitioner only focuses on injecting filler in the grooves, the actual cause root of the problem (the sagging from above) has not been treated, which can lead to short-lasting or unnatural results. The experienced practitioner knows the most important areas in the face to treat to support other facial structures and create a lift.

Any procedure needs to be approached from a broader perspective – one that understands both the science and the artistry necessary for maintaining balance, and ensuring that you feel comfortable with the results.

Remember that Not All Fillers are Created Equal…

Owing to the incredible popularity of filler injections, there is a huge variety of products on the market – many of which will vary drastically in price, and the nature and quality of the ingredients used. While many will be perfectly safe and capable of producing good results, others may not have been created under strict conditions for quality control and hygiene and could cause significant problems for you if they are injected into your face.

Any good practice will utilise only the highest quality products on the market. We source our fillers from leading companies, including Luminera, Merz and Galderma. These products are extensively tested, 100% vegan, and subject to stringent quality control to ensure that every patient is kept safe and that their investment into their appearance is not wasted.

Respected clinics will always value the safety of their patients, and will invest in high-quality fillers to ensure that the results live up to your expectations.

…And neither are practitioners

Dermal fillers are a fantastic option for anyone unhappy with a lack of volume, elasticity, firmness or definition in their face. Still, they require a great deal of skill and understanding from your practitioner, and this proficiency is not something that you will find everywhere.

Achieving natural results is dependent on you putting your trust into the hands of practitioners who understand the ins and outs of the procedure itself, and who hold an impeccable track record of performing this treatment on patients who were pleased with the results. Dr. Wilson also trains other doctors in advanced aesthetics as she has 11 years of injecting experience.

Perform your due diligence by checking out honest client reviews, before and after photographs, and taking a look at the certifications that the practice holds. If they have managed to build up a loyal clientele, then this is an excellent sign that they are consistently meeting the high expectations of their customers, and that they are trusted and respected within the community.

 

Book a Consultation Ahead of Your Appointment

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Any worthwhile clinic will ensure that you are going into the process with your eyes open and that you understand what you should expect to achieve from the procedure. There, you will be able to discuss any concerns or questions and explain to your practitioner what results you would like to see.

Similarly, they will be able to take a good look at your facial anatomy, listen to your thoughts, and explain to you what they believe they will be able to achieve during your first procedure, and never over-sell.

Rushing into any cosmetic procedure – whether it is dermal fillers or a four-hour surgery – is never advisable, and your doctor will not want to proceed with the treatment before they are confident that you are realistic about the results and ready for the procedure itself.

If your practitioner is willing to rush straight into performing the treatment, then they will have skipped many important steps. In a way, this is akin to going into the procedure blind; they may inject too much, or focus too closely on one specific area without considering your entire face. We always carry out a free consultation before a treatment.  You are encouraged to take time, if you need, before booking in for the procedure knowing all your options.

As with any procedure, the value of the results lies in the preparation as much as it does the treatment itself. Natural results are achieved through a certain amount of finesse, and a level of care which is lost when the practitioner rushes through the treatment.

Get in Touch for More Information

At Look Lovely London, our dermal filler treatments are guided by Dr. Davina Wilson, who has over a decade’s worth of experience in working with our patients’ unique facial anatomy to achieve natural, pleasing results. We only use high-quality products and equipment, all of which meet with FDA standards and have amassed a loyal clientele – some of whom have been returning to our clinic for further treatments for years.

Whether you are hoping to add more fullness into certain areas, improve your profile, or smooth out wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, our practitioners understand how to compliment your natural beauty with fillers, while producing lovely results.

If you are interested in learning more about dermal fillers and how they could help you to look and feel more confident in your skin, then get in touch to book a consultation with us at a time that suits you. We will never pressure you into any treatment, and will always work to ensure that you feel confident in the treatment before we begin.

The Ultimate Guide to Dermal Fillers

Many of us are on the lookout for ways to keep our skin looking great, and ideally to rejuvenate those areas that suffer from unwanted signs of ageing.  

We are often our own harshest critics, and noticing the appearance of new wrinkles, sagging skin, or hollowness in the cheeks can be challenging to come to terms with. This is especially when we feel we have aged suddenly or prematurely thanks to external stresses and the demands of modern life.

While the market is brimming with miracle moisturisers and supposed skincare ‘secrets’, all too often, we are left disappointed by the results. 

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, offer a well-established opportunity for aesthetic renewal. Whether you’ve lost definition, gained one of two extra lines, or simply feel your face is lacking the youthful look you expect to see in the mirror each morning. 

Remember that ‘ageing gracefully’ does not have to mean giving genetics a free rein over your appearance. And rather than drastically altering or restructuring your looks, as you can get with more invasive procedures, dermal fillers merely replicate the collagen that begins to diminish as we pass our mid-twenties. This makes them an excellent treatment option for men and women looking for subtle, though highly effective, improvements.

So, if you’re wondering if this is the right anti-ageing treatment for you, read on to find out what dermal fillers really are – and how to find the right treatment for your face. 

 

Before Your Treatment

Whether it’s your first time looking for an anti-ageing treatment, or you’ve had a treatment before, there are a few things worth knowing ahead of your consultation.

 

What is in Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are growing ever more popular and, as a result, there is an incredibly wide range of injectable fillers for the face on the market today. 

If you’ve done some research, you may know they contain – calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, or PMMA, to achieve a smoother, plumper look in the face. 

But one of the most popular choices for many patients and doctors are hyaluronic acid injections.  

 

Hyaluronic Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gel-like substance naturally produced and used throughout the body. However, it is most commonly found within your skin. 

While it plays many vital roles – such as promoting healing and keeping your connective tissue healthy. It’s also essential to aiding skin elasticity, and to encourage the body’s production of collagen. 

It’s the same ingredient used in our dermal filler injections, as it rejuvenates the face with moisture, and creates a smoother, firmer quality in the skin. 

Hyaluronic fillers are incredibly effective at correcting a range of skin ageing issues. From marionette and nasolabial lines, to tear troughs, acne scars, and lost definition around the lips. 

They are also biocompatible, which means a minimal chance of side effects. And it helps to keep skin hydrated and smooth, and encourages the body to produce collagen, and fight visible signs of ageing. 

 

What is the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?

Botox and fillers are both considered minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures and both are typically used to limit signs of ageing. But they offer very different results.

When Botox is injected into the face, it limits the movement of the muscle in that particular area; ‘dynamic wrinkles’. These are wrinkles caused by certain facial expressions such as frowning or smiling and can be softened or reduced by temporarily stopping movement in those areas of the face. For this reason, Botox will not have any effect on the wrinkles caused by a natural ‘sagging’ or loss of plumpness in the lower face, or hollowing around the eyes. 

Dermal fillers work by replacing lost collagen — and, as a result, create a ‘plumper’, fuller look around the targeted areas of the face. They are perfect for smoothing the wrinkles that naturally form as your body’s own reserves of collagen are lost over time. 

Botox typically lasts between three and six months, and dermal fillers can last as long as eighteen months, although this does depend on the individual. 

For both treatments, continued use can produce longer-lasting effects. Botox can gradually shrink the muscles its injected into preventing excessive pulling on the skin, and dermal fillers can encourage the body to produce collagen naturally.

 

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

For many men and women, skin ageing begins in their mid-twenties- the first areas to demonstrate age are typically the forehead, and around the eyes. ‘Motor lines’, caused by certain facial expressions, are a common occurrence as we leave our adolescent years behind. 

Several factors can impact the severity of wrinkles and the loss of plumpness and elasticity in the skin. Things like sun exposure, smoking, genetics and even the position we sleep in – all have ramifications for our appearance, mainly as we grow older. 

Some people add anti-ageing products into their skincare regime the day they hit twenty-five, others choose to invest in dermal fillers as they approach their 30’s. Dermal fillers are a great way to replace the collagen that is naturally lost with age, and encourage the body to continue producing it.  

And although many younger patients are turning to dermal fillers, they remain an excellent choice for those who are more mature, too. In fact, anyone who’d like to smooth unwanted lines and reintroduce a more youthful fullness into their face, without drastically altering their appearance, makes for a suitable candidate for dermal fillers. 

Of course, ageing is a unique process for all of us, and what each patient sees, and requires will differ significantly. Consulting with an experienced doctor will help you to pinpoint the specific areas that would benefit from a boost of collagen, and how the best results can be achieved for you. 

 

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

While dermal fillers are typically priced by the syringe, the exact cost will vary based on the product used, and where you are getting the procedure done.

We only use market-leading products for our dermal fillers. We will discuss the best course of treatment with you during your consultation. 

  • 1 -1.2 ml – £300
  • 2ml – £500 (minimum recommended for cheeks and jawlines)
  • 3ml – £650
  • 4ml – £785
  • Tear Trough 1ml – £350
  • Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty 1ml – £350

 

During Your Treatment

It’s entirely natural to feel a little apprehensive before (and during) your treatment. Many people dislike the thought of needles, while others worry that the fact they have ‘had work done’ will be too conspicuous. While these feelings are entirely normal, with the right practitioner, they always prove to be unfounded. 

Here’s a little more on what to expect when you arrive for your treatment, you can also download our first-timers guide for more information.

 

In What Areas Can Dermal Fillers Be Used?

Our age can become apparent in many different ways; 

  • A gradual loss of volume in the cheeks and eyes. 
  • Deepening lines along the forehead and nasolabial fold, (subtle creases around the mouth and nose).
  • Loss of definition along the jawline.

These are all, everyday experiences for men and women as they grow older. 

Since dermal fillers work by adding fullness from within, many of the effects of ageing can be improved by hyaluronic injections into the affected area. This will smooth the appearance of wrinkles and lines, hydrate the skin, and replace the collagen that has been naturally lost.

When you meet with your practitioner, they’ll be able to discuss treatment options with you. Take advantage of their experience, as they’ll be able to study your facial anatomy and find the right treatment plan for your features, and expectations.

Dermal Fillers treatment areas

Does it Hurt to Get Fillers in Your Face?

Dermal fillers are applied just beneath the skin with the use of a syringe. A good practitioner will take the extra time to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Numbing creams and ice packs can all be used before the fillers are applied to reduce any discomfort. 

Some patients do feel a small scratch, but hyaluronic fillers contain a small amount of local anaesthetic, making each subsequent injection much less noticeable. 

 

Are the Results Immediate?

Yes! Dermal Fillers can be a lunch-time  procedure, and results will be noticeable as soon as you leave the couch. While there may be a touch of swelling (particularly in the case of lip fillers), and a small amount of bruising the following day, you will be able to see the outcome as soon as the treatment has finished. 

 

After Your Treatment

Getting dermal fillers in London is incredibly straightforward, and as soon as your appointment has ended, you can go back to work, or home. 

In the days following your procedure, any redness, swelling or bruising will clear up, and you will be left feeling (and looking) refreshed and invigorated. 

 

Do Dermal Fillers Have Side Effects?

Aside from a little redness and swelling, it is doubtful that you’ll experience any side effects from dermal fillers. Any possible issues will be discussed with you before the treatment, but hyaluronic acid presents very minimal risks to your wellbeing if injected by an advanced highly trained practitioner. Your doctor will clearly go through the consent form prior to treatment to ensure you are happy with possible side effects and that your questions have all been answered. 

 

Your Two-Week Review

Take advantage of any free follow-up appointments offered by your practitioner. Here, you will be able to discuss the final result with your doctor, after any swelling or bruising has gone away. It will be a great opportunity to check-in on your progress, ask further questions, and ensure that your treatment has given you the best results possible.  

 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Hyaluronic injections are biodegradable, which means that they will eventually be absorbed by the body. Precisely how long they will last depends on several factors, such as the type of filler used, and the area being treated. 

Typically, dermal fillers last for between six and eighteen months before patients return for another treatment. Any subsequent injections can encourage the body to create its own collagen naturally. 

 

What Should You Look for in a Practitioner?

The anti-ageing industry is awash with practitioners, all of whom offer a wide range of treatments and procedures promising to transform the parts of our appearance that upset or displease us. 

An increasing number of people are opting to invest in anti-ageing treatments to get instant, long-lasting results, rather than relying on their at-home skincare routine alone.

The downside? More and more unskilled practitioners are offering their services to unsuspecting patients, who end up feeling disappointed — or, worse, mortified with the results. 

When it comes to your health and self-esteem, you should always invest a little extra time and research into finding the right practitioner for you. Consider these points before committing:

 

Check Their Credentials and Experience

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it requires the same professionalism, attention and expertise as any other part of your body. Finding a clinic with an experienced, doctor-led practice will ensure that you are receiving the top level of care. 

 

Great Follow Up Care

One of the best indicators of a reputable practitioner is a high calibre of follow up care.

Not only does this demonstrate a strong dedication to each patient, but it will also show you which practices are committed to achieving the very best results. And ensure that their patients are given the time, support and attention that they need to feel confident in the procedures they are undergoing. 

Dermal filler treatments in London are currently unregulated, and anyone unqualified can order syringes off the internet and offer their services to customers. Put your trust in the right place by looking for a rigorously trained practitioner who can guarantee a high level of support, from your consultation to your post-procedure review.

 

Reliable Sourcing

The market has become saturated with a wide variety of anti-ageing products and equipment. While many companies operate to strict regulations and standards, unfortunately, there are cheap and poorly manufactured products that could potentially damage your skin and harm your health.

Never visit a practitioner who does not invest in the very best pharmaceuticals; that way, you can be sure that you are only ever on the receiving end of products that have been created following rigorous standards for safety and hygiene. 

 

Outstanding Results

Any practitioner worth their salt will have plenty of success stories to boast about, and taking a look at their Before and After gallery will give you an honest look into the ways their work takes shape. 

Look for practitioners who prize subtlety over excess, and who enhance the distinctive beauty of their patients, rather than altering it. Every face is unique, and recognising that requires a great deal of skill and finesse.

We’ve all seen examples of poor or, at times, dangerous work performed by unqualified practitioners and for some, this can work as a deterrent for seeking treatment. 

But client transformations needn’t be drastic. A practitioner dedicated to tailoring their approach to each and every patient they see will put you at ease and, most importantly, make sure that you are thrilled with the results of your treatment. 

 

A Loyal Clientele

A fantastic website or advertising campaign can undoubtedly draw a crowd, but a returning client base is the best testament to a practitioner’s value. 

Seeking anti-ageing treatments can be daunting for many first-timers; for others, fear or self-consciousness can cause them to delay their first consultation. But a loyal clientele is an excellent indicator of a competent and diligent practice. 

Not only does it provide plenty of insight into the quality of their work, but it also demonstrates their ability to dispel first-time nerves, and keep patients inspired to return for treatments. 

If you’re still not sure, read our six-point guide on how to choose the right aesthetics clinic.

Get in Touch

Dr Davina Wilson has over ten years’ experience in general practice and the aesthetics industry; along with her carefully chosen team, she offers some of the highest-quality dermal fillers in London, with over 10,000 successful treatments under her belt. 

Whether you know what treatment you want, or have never undergone any anti-ageing treatments before, get in touch, and we’ll arrange a free consultation at a time that suits you.  

The Ultimate Guide to HIFU Facelifts

Now more than ever, we’re searching for ways to get a ‘natural’ look, and take control of our appearance. And while skin ageing is entirely natural in-and-of-itself, so too is taking steps to look – and feel our very best, wherever we are in life.

Over the past decade, the HIFU facelift has become extremely popular for its ability to achieve natural-looking anti-ageing results in the face, jawline and neck. 

It is hailed as offering a non-invasive, non-surgical facelift to those who seek to revitalise loose or sagging skin without the need to take drastic measures. 

HIFU is unique in its ability to ‘penetrate’ the superficial layers of the skin without the use of needles or surgery. And to create impressive results by merely stimulating the body to work on rebuilding its own structural support. 

But, even though it rivals the long-established surgical facelift as a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative, many people remain unsure quite what a HIFU treatment entails. If you are wondering whether a HIFU facelift is right for you, then find out everything you need to know — from the science to the side effects — in our ultimate guide below. 

 

What is a HIFU Facelift?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU treatments offer a non-invasive alternative to the surgical facelift. 

As we grow older, we begin to lose collagen and elastin. These naturally-occurring proteins are mainly responsible for the youthful definition, structural support, and elasticity we all take for granted in our younger years. 

The process of ageing starts in our twenties, as the skin becomes less saturated with these proteins. Eventually, we will begin to notice a loss of volume, particularly around the eyes and cheeks, and ‘loose’ or sagging skin. 

For many people, the jawline will start to appear less defined, which can cause jowls to appear, or lead to new pockets of fat forming under the chin. 

The HIFU facelift is a relatively new treatment option for those who wish to reintroduce elasticity and tightness to the face, without the need for surgery. 

It utilises focused ultrasound energy to stimulate deep into the layers of skin integral to the structural support of our faces, using heat. This procedure causes a minimal amount of damage to the cells, which react by producing new collagen and elastin within the structural support layers of the skin. By triggering the body to focus on renewing this foundational layer, the results are impressive without every appearing unnatural or overly drastic. 

Following a HIFU facelift, patients should expect to see immediate improvement, which will progress over the following three months as the body continues to replenish its stores of collagen and elastin.

 

Who is a Suitable Candidate?

The HIFU facelift, also known as Non Surgical Facelift , is an ideal treatment for anyone experiencing either mild or moderate skin laxity. A term used to describe the loose skin we all begin to see around the brow line, eyelids, cheeks and jawline. 

As such, it has proven an incredibly popular procedure among patients aged 30+ who wish to achieve more tightness, elasticity and contouring in the face and neck. 

As with any cosmetic procedure, the results will always vary depending on the individual’s facial structure, age, and lifestyle, which is why consulting with your practitioner before the appointment is so necessary. They have a deep understanding of facial anatomy and will be able to come up with a plan for treatment that is perfectly tailored to your face.

 

The Differences Between HIFU and a Surgical Facelift

While HIFU treatments have gained considerable traction with men and women over the last few years. Surgical facelifts, also known as a rhytidectomy procedure, have been a popular option for decades. 

We’ll compare both options to help you decide which procedure aligns best with your skin tightening aims and expectations.

 

Surgical Facelift Procedure

A typical surgical facelift will be completed by making an incision into the temples, behind the ear, and in the lower scalp. Anything above the eyes is known as a brow lift. 

With these incisions made, surgeons can then remove excess skin and effectively ‘drawback’ the remaining skin to create a firmer, tighter look in the face and jawline. The procedure typically takes several hours to complete. 

As this is an invasive treatment, the patient will be placed under anaesthesia, and will generally be required to spend a night in the hospital to ensure there are no complications. 

During their initial recovery for a surgical facelift, patients will be prescribed pain medication to mitigate any discomfort. They will need to attend a follow-up appointment with their surgeon to have the incision checked, and dressings reapplied.

 

HOFI non surgical facelift treatment

HIFU Non Surgical Facelift Procedure

A HIFU facelift typically takes under an hour to complete, and no anaesthesia is necessary. Those who have undergone a HIFU skin tightening treatment sometimes notice a light, warm prickling sensation in the skin.

Following the completion of the procedure, patients are free to resume normal activities and should expect to see minor side effects. Rarely bruising and swelling are seen and will typically subside around two weeks into your recovery. The full effects of the facelift typically take up 3 months to become fully visible. 

Unlike surgical facelifts, HIFU side effects are limited to mild swelling in the areas treated — and many patients experience no negative after-effects at all. As such, the treatment requires no downtime, which means you can even have it done on your lunch break. You will begin to see results as soon as you leave the clinic, and this improvement will continue over the following months. 

 

The Long Term Results

The longevity of surgical facelifts varies quite drastically depending on the type of procedure patients choose. A full facelift offers the most drastic results, as it targets a wider area; generally, the results are reported to last up to fifteen years following the operation. 

A mini facelift will target specific areas, such as sagging in the lower cheeks, jawline and neck. They don’t last quite as long as a full facelift – about seven years. 

HIFU skin tightening treatments do not offer such long term results. A single session should be expected to last for between twelve and eighteen months. However, they do provide a lower-risk, lower-cost alternative to surgery, with a major price difference having far less of an impact on your purse. 

 

Risks to Consider

As is always the case with surgical procedures, there are several risks to be aware of if you are considering a more invasive treatment. 

Considerable progress has been made since the advent of the surgical facelift. But, every surgeon and patient are different, so it’s impossible to guarantee that complications will not occur and that you will be happy with the results. 

Bleeding, infection and nerve damage, while relatively rare, are some of the risks to consider.

For some patients, a surgical facelift can result in an a-symmetrical appearance or visible surgical scars at the edges of the face. If this is the case, the patient may need a second procedure to correct the problem, which will require more anaesthesia and lengthen recovery time.

The HIFU facelift, on the other hand, aims to ‘reverse’ signs of ageing encouraging the body to restore its own natural structural support. Which circumvents the risks of patients experiencing a drastic change to their appearance. What’s more, the procedure itself is very safe and doesn’t carry the same risks of anaesthesia, bleeding and infection as surgery. 

 

Does HIFU Damage the Skin Over Time?

We mentioned that the HIFU machine works by creating microdamage in the foundational layers of skin, which triggers a natural, ‘healing’ response within the body. This damage, however, is not detectable on the surface of the skin, as the ultrasound energy only affects the tissue deep below the superficial layers. 

Patients can return for top-up treatments without experiencing any damage or deterioration in the skin. Since the procedure does not require the use of needles or incisions, even minor short-term damage and the risk of infection and scarring is avoided.

 

How Much Does a HIFU Treatment Cost?

Not only does HIFU offer a non-invasive alternative to other popular skin tightening treatments, but it’s also much cheaper. 

As you consider this treatment, bear in mind that it is not as long-lasting as, a full surgical facelift – the cost for which can be in the region of £10,000. So many patients do choose to return a year or so later for a top-up treatment. 

Here are our current HIFU prices – you can see our full range of treatment prices here.

Full Face and Neck with 12 week repeat top up treatment  £1,200

Go Cardless – an initial deposit of £500 and then 4 monthly payments of £175

Neck, Jaw and Chin with a 12 week  repeat top up treatment £650

Eyes or per-oral area including a 12 week repeat top up treatment  £550

 

What to Look for in a Good Practitioner

Choosing to undergo any anti-ageing treatment is an extremely personal experience. It’s important that you feel totally comfortable with your aesthetician long before you actually go through with the procedure. 

You need to know they will listen to and understand your expectations and concerns. You also need to be sure that they have the skills, qualifications and certifications necessary to achieve the results they promise. 

If you need more help, you can read our six-point guide on how to choose the right aesthetic clinic.

Ultraforma HIFU treatment

Ask yourself the following questions before, during and after your initial consultation. 

 

Are You Happy with their Before/After Photos?

Nothing offers better insight into a clinic’s calibre than their portfolio of past clients. Look for consistency in the lighting, angle, and facial expression. A worthwhile practitioner will have reliable results that speak for themselves, and won’t need to rely on photographic trickery to impress future clients.

 

Do They Offer the Latest Technology?

Anti-ageing treatments are part of a rapidly evolving industry, which means that new techniques and technologies are forever bursting onto the scene, and offering evermore effective results. 

Finding an aesthetician ready to invest time and money into keeping up to date with the latest in HIFU technology offers invaluable insight into their commitment to achieving the best results with their patients. 

The equipment we use is the Ultraformer III, an FDA (Food & Drug Administration) medical-grade device. In our opinion, this is the best in the industry offering the most painless and effective results.

Ultraforma high intensity ultrasound

How Good is Their Follow-Up Care?

For your own peace of mind, even the most minor procedure should include an exceedingly high-level of aftercare with the same practitioner who administered the treatment. 

It will allow you to feel more confident before the procedure, and ensure that you’ve got the best possible results from your treatment – and your money. A practitioner who works from a permanent clinic is much more likely to be able to provide consistent aftercare to their patients.

 

Did You Feel Heard at Your Consultation?

Even if you’ve been through the process before, it is easy to feel apprehensive before a treatment. We all want to look and feel our best, and entrusting something so important to someone else is, understandably, a nerve-wracking experience. 

Use your consultation to build a rapport with the practitioner. Make sure your expectations are understood, and your concerns have been addressed. 

If you are made to feel rushed, talked-over, or pushed into something that you are not sure about, then be prepared to walk away and find someone you can trust.

 

Are They Experienced?

As with any skillset or vocation, performing anti-ageing treatments to the highest possible standard requires a great deal of expertise and hands-on experience. The right practitioner will have years’ of practical knowledge, training and successful procedures behind them. 

 

Get in Touch

If your mind is made up and you’d like to book a consultation, you can call us or email to arrange. We can also discuss other options, and if a HIFU facelift is the best treatment for you. 

We are motivated by achieving excellent results from our treatments and tailoring your experience to suit you, and your unique facial anatomy. 

How to choose the right Aesthetic Clinic?

With so much choice in the aesthetic world, where do you start?

Welcome to the Look Lovely guide – how to choose the right clinic and practitioner. A 6-point checklist on where to go for your cosmetic treatments and who to trust.

 

1. Does the doctor work in a clinic?

It’s important that you chose a well-established clinic for your cosmetic treatment.

Doctors who work out of rental rooms cannot guarantee good follow-up care and continuity of care for future treatments. Often these doctors are transient and therefore you can’t be sure if you’ll be cared for by the same practitioner, which leads to varied and potentially disappointing results.

Our doctors have been with the clinic for years and provide excellent after treatment care. Our loyal customers come back to us time and time again. We know each patient’s need and they get tailored treatments, which will give the best results.

 

2. What are the premises like?

Patients need a calm, peaceful, clean and safe environment for their treatment.

Practitioners who are new to the industry or not established may rent back rooms or work in multi-functioning clinics which can be busy and not patient centred for cosmetic treatments.

Our clinic has been designed for you – Look Lovely London has an elegant, well run, peaceful and discrete clinic in the heart of St John’s wood. We have parking space for our clients which is rare for central London clinics. We provide a relaxing environment where our clients can escape from their hectic lives and enjoy their treatment.

 

3. How much experience does the Doctor have?

Many doctors carry out complex aesthetic procedures ‘on the side’ to their main job to supplement their income.

This means their experience can be limited as they don’t see the volume of patients needed to advance and learn. The treatments can also be unsafe with disappointing results.

Dr Davina Wilson has been practising for over a decade and has completed over 10,000 procedures without complication’ to-date. She’s trained in advance cosmetics and teaches other doctors and nurses. All our doctors at Look Lovely London are on the GMC register, have regular appraisals – and are fully insured.

 

4. Do the clinic and doctors know what to do in an emergency?

Most cosmetic procedures are safe – however, if administered wrongly, dermal fillers can cause artery blockage and necrosis of the skin, (when skin cells are starved of oxygen and get damaged).

If the person carrying out the treatment doesn’t act quickly – this can lead to permanent damage. Complications can happen to any doctor, but the crucial point is knowing that if something did go wrong, your doctor knows what to do in an emergency and acts quickly.

If the treatment is being done in a beauty salon or if a doctor is working out of a rental room, they may not have the necessary equipment to be able to deal with an incident.

Always ask a doctor or clinic they have emergency equipment available if needed. Having the knowledge and products to reverse this treatment is essential.

Hyalase is a prescription-only product that can be injected into the filler to dissolve it – however, this is a prescription-only, therefore only a doctor can obtain it.

If you have treatment in a salon where the injector cannot prescribe this product and does not know how to inject it then major problems can occur.

Our doctors have regular anatomy training, we have emergency equipment in the clinic and know exactly what to do in an emergency. We’ve carried out 10,000 procedures to date – with no complications and have a clear protocol if difficulties are encountered. We can say with confidence that our patients are in safe hands.

 

5. What is the follow-up care?

When booking a procedure, it’s wise to ask about the follow-up care.

  • Can the clinic be contacted out of hours in an emergency?
  • Is the team available post-procedure to offer advice if bruising or swelling occurs?
  • Does the clinic offer a 2-week review to make sure you’re happy with the same doctor who administers the treatment?

Post-treatment care is a fundamental part of what we do – the team is always available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you have. The doctors ae happy to review you at the 2-week mark and if needed to offer further advice or treatment free of charge.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority. You can email, WhatsApp or call us anytime – we’re here to help.

 

6. How important are prices?

We all have budgets and balancing the budget with high-quality care and outstanding results can be difficult.

Be wary of clinics offering special offers and discounted treatments – this is this against General Medical Council Guidelines and cheap treatments/products can lead to unsatisfactory results. As the old saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’ – this is true with cosmetic treatments. A cheap price often means the products could be a poorer quality and cheaper to purchase.

There are lots of products being produced in Asia which have not had thorough clinical trials carried to test long-term safety. Heavily discounted prices could also reflect the injectors experience.

Practitioners with less experience or who are just starting out will tend it offer an attractive price. Be careful of the compromise that may come with the lower price – you could be playing Russian roulette with your face.

When looking at the price of the treatments, consider your overall experience and what the results will be like.

  • Were your questions answered satisfactorily before the treatment?
  • Was the treatment carried out in a clean and suitable location?
  • Are you confident in the injectors experience and their safety record?

Our prices reflect the overall service you will receive. The products we purchase are from well-known pharmaceutical companies and we only offer leading brands in the industry with proven safety through hundreds of clinical trials.

We don’t cut corners offering newer cheaper products to improve our profit margins. All of our devices are brand-new and FDA approved and our aesthetician has been highly trained by the manufacturers of these devices.

If you are ready to start your cosmetic journey and want to be in safe hands then our clinic is the right place for you.


You can book a treatment by clicking HERE – or speak to the team on 0203 199 8245

 

WINTER IS COMING….SO IS THE HYDRAFACIAL

Winter Skin Care Treatments

Wow, summer has gone by quicker than a Love Island relationship.

And dare we mention it now but those sexy Halloween bashes and Christmas office parties are right around the corner.

In light of the colder weather and that demon of dehydration, called central heating, Look Lovely London is here to ensure your face gleams and sparkles (especially through, ahem, drink-heavy parties) thanks to their new kid on the block…

The Hydrafacial.

All right, let’s face it, beauty fans…

It’s the UK.

No one’s skin is immune to this nutty changing weather. 

Case in point, one grey September morning, I woke up with itchier skin than usual and even after applying coconut oil, I haplessly watched it soak into my skin as if it were a few mere flecks of water.

Add to that, my irritating redness (rosacea) seemed to be back…ugh…yes, I had to face facts, my skin was parched!

I decided to do something about it and swiftly booked a Hydrafacial at Look Lovely London.

Now as knowledgeable as I flatter myself to be on the beauty front, I knew little about the Hydrafacial. 

Miraculously I didn’t Google it either (!?) maybe something about the “hydra” part already convinced me it was right for my issues… 

But what I wasn’t expecting is just how packed it is with so much more.

Hydrafacial London

The whole procedure started with what felt like a solid Swedish massage to my face (lymphatic drainage it’s called).  Melissa explained this increased circulation and cleared toxins by stimulating lymph nodes around the face….

The first step was so relaxing. 

Next, my face got moved around quite a bit for what seemed like a more rigorous version of microdermabrasion, only with a much more pleasant and watery sensation…

At this point, I already commented on the variety of things happening and Melissa exclaimed…

“It’s 6 facials rolled into one.”

That’s a relief, since I don’t have much free time, nor the budget for 6 separates. 

The next stage did feel slightly more familiar: Glycolic and salicylic acid were applied to my face, like a chemical peel. I felt a slight tingling sensation impurities were being softened. 

After that my blackheads on my nose were vacuumed off and…

Ooh la la, then came my absolutely favourite part…when a mix of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid got infused into my skin, which helped plump and hydrate it. 

This stage felt absolutely wonderful!!  

It was like pure moisture entered my dermis. To anyone with dry skin issues- trust me…this is the magic step

Finally, I went under the LED light, which promotes the production of collagen and helped reduce the annoying redness I was having increasing issues with.

It pretty much crystallised all the previous stages and I left the clinic with my skin fresh, healthy and completely revived.

Emily Blunt Hydrafacial
Emily Blunt is apparently a BIG fan of the Hydrafacial.

That evening, I took pics and sent to my boyfriend- bing– he immediately came back with “very beautiful and shiny.” 

So there we go. 

If you want to be “very beautiful and shiny” this winter season and reduce nasty skin irritations, such as eczema or rosacea, book a Hydrafacial with Melissa at Look Lovely London and you’ll gleam around the capital and the rest of the gusty UK like a star. 

You owe it to yourself. 

Yours Truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client 

Look Lovely London offer same-day callbacks for any advice, questions or concerns you might have. They will offer you the best treatment suited for your skin type and aim to give you first-class care.

Individual Hydrafacial treatments cost £135 each

You can purchase 6 treatments for the price of 5 – Total cost £675 (saving of £135)

GoCardless – £225 deposit + 6 monthly payments of £75

You can purchase 12 treatments for the price of 9 – Total cost £1,215 (saving of £405)

GoCardless – £350 deposit + 12 monthly payments of £72.08



Girl I Want To Make You (Not) Sweat

Excessive Sweating Treatments in London

It’s July, beauties!

And this article is going to discuss the hyperhidrosis – (Excessive Sweating Treatment) at Look Lovely London.

Summer is on and, yes, miraculously, even in England…so is the heat!

But, let’s face it, excessive perspiration can cause a lot of misery this time of year.

It prevents you from going about daily activities with the usual sassy confidence.

Whether it’s cramped conferences, swaggering in a short-sleeved dress with your hot date, gripping the above handle on London Underground…or taking part in beach sports with your mates. 

Sweat issues might even keep you off (shock, horror) the dance floor at your best friend’s wedding!

No fun.

Personally, antiperspirants weren’t doing it for me.

I found myself buying mini aerosols all the time, stuffing them in my bag, blushingly, making excuses over dinner and briskly disappearing into the bathroom to spray my smelly underarms. 

The more anxious I got about it, the more I sweated and, despite the “extra strong” deodorant, I somehow always ended up with nasty marks on my pretty clothes!

(The time I wore a cream dress at my friend’s wedding in Greece was particularly embarrassing.)

So when the hot weather hit and sunny trips abroad got scheduled with my new man, I decided enough was enough and I’d make my life easier by getting botox.  

Underarm Botox injections from Look Lovely London

At Look Lovely London, the receptionist informed me that the treatment did not require the numbing cream or ice pack.

In fact, it was the most painless place to have injections!

I wasn’t too fussed, since I shave, wax and besiege that area so much anyway that momentary discomfort means nothing. 

Dr. Wilson first wiped the area clean and injected under my arms through a fine needle.

It was about 20 quick, superficial pricks and hardly noticeable. 

She said the botox would block the nerve impulses and basically stop the sweat glands from functioning over the next week or so.

More units were required for underarms than facial anti-wrinkle injections but the effect would also last longer- up to 6 to 9 months. 

Oh and the process took roughly 20 minutes and afterwards Dr. Wilson advised me not to apply anything to the area for 6 hours, or engage in strenuous exercise for 24 hours. 

I left the clinic that day, got right back to work and followed her instructions…

Within a week, I noticed less sweating and after 2 weeks, I didn’t need deodorant at all!

So now I was all set for hot London days and glamorous world travel.

This has to be hands down the most convenient procedure for summer I’ve had at the Look Lovely London clinic.

It really is for anyone, who either sweats a lot and/or works and plays hard in sticky environments or, like me, is just sick of using spray-ons over and over again. 

It also maintains those sexy clothes you wear, whether a wedding dress or a cute mini, you’ll find yourself at the dry cleaner’s way less

Finally, it keeps you confident and comfortable in the glorious sunny months! And for me that’s priceless.

So that’s all from my smooth, dry pits lovelies. 

Enjoy the swelter and remember to stay sweat-free.

Yours Truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client 

Excessive Sweating Treatment (Hyperhidrosis) is priced at £450 at Look Lovely London

Hyperhidrosis treatment in London

Look Lovely London offer same-day callbacks for any advice, questions or concerns you might have. They will offer you the best treatment suited for your skin type and aim to give you first-class care.


There’s Something About Cheek Filler

Ladies and gents, it’s June!

During the glorious gleam of 16 hour days, it’s time to crown yourself as the most beautiful bride or wedding guest this side of the summer solstice and pop into Look Lovely London for another signature treatment…

Cheek fillers. 

As Look Lovely London’s anointed Mystery Client, this was the first procedure I ever did at the clinic; the one that “brought me into the fold,” so to speak.

Why the cheeks you may ask?

Well, the first most dramatic signs of ageing I had in my 30s, consisted of a gradual and general hollowing of my outer and mid-face. In my 20s, I already had a thin face, so when I matured and lost even more volume around there, it was my priority to get it tended to as soon as possible.

Of course, for all you alternative face shapes out there, you might not be experiencing quite as much fat loss in the cheeks…

That said, you also might find yourself looking in the mirror one morning under, ahem, less than flattering lights, with a seriously “weary” and saggy visage staring back…

Especially when you compare yourself to those perky photos of you partying on a beach in Ibiza a few years ago.

Not to worry, the Look Lovely London cheek boost to the rescue! 

Cheek filler suits women of all generations.

After draping myself majestically over Dr. Wilson’s couch feeling, I was happily surprised that after a bit of ice pressed to the area the injections were minimally painful. 

Numbing cream was offered but, after the first session, I didn’t even find I needed it.

That’s because the cheeks are perhaps the least sensitive part of the face. 

Dr. Wilson analysed my facial contour and let me know where the filler would be injected, selecting the best area to naturally augment.

This was great, seeing as cheeks usually require more filler than other parts and you want to know you’re getting the best value for your new beautiful, model cheekbones!

Yes, under Dr. Wilson, I felt I was really being tailored to rather than undergoing some generic procedure that might not suit me or end up looking majorly unnatural. 

Speaking of, I instantly felt a natural plumping of the cheeks, while the procedure was being performed and…

Hey presto, looking into the mirror after, I can safely say cheek filler had the most instant and impactful result on my face than all of the procedures I’d done or would do in the future. 

“Filling the gaps” of mid-face has pretty much taken the last 5 to 10 years off.  

Oh and, even if there was a slight residual of a prick or tiny bruise, it was easily excused as just a spot and/or efficiently covered up after with concealer. 

I could return to daily duties, unabashedly, with people already commenting and wondering why I looked so good. 

“So good.” 

Always a nice thing to get complimented on in the romantic season of nuptials and summer festivals. 

The final thing to know is that cheek fillers last! 

Mine have lasted a year and I have friends whose pretty contours have lasted nearly two so far, so it’s well worth the investment. 

Yes, dermal fillers and my cheeks have started a long-lasting relationship that, like marriages are intended to, will last through the blissful years to come.

Oh, if you want to know more about them and fillers for other areas, check out the links below:

Lips 

Chin

Nasolabial folds

Tear troughs  

That’s all from your intrepid Look Lovely London Mystery Client for now. 

Enjoy the beginning of this long and fabulously light month!

Yours Truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client 

Look Lovely London offer same-day callbacks for any advice, questions or concerns you might have. They will offer you the best treatment suited for your skin type and aim to give you first-class care.


PRETTY IN PROFHILO

The Blushing bride

Part Three of our Wedding Season to “look fabulous,” features a treatment that, well…frankly, has caught the beauty industry by storm!

Profhilo.

This amazing Hydraulic Acid injectable is one of the best-reviewed beauty treatments out there and, after having undergone the procedure, Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client knows exactly why. 

Profhilo is an all-around oomph for the skin.

Not just because it lasts for a solid amount of time (hello 6-month glow!) but the treatment also has that special knack to rejuvenate skin at any age, giving it that air-brushed and “snap back” quality. 

Perfect for the bride and her multiple generations of family and friends, right?   

Profhilo facial injections

Now, admittedly, my first thoughts on hearing about Profhilo was…

“Another needle-based procedure?” 

I already undergo injections for dermal fillers, as well as Botox in London, and, so, being a veteran of Needleville I found myself wondering why I would need a third product inserted into my visage, moreover, what was so special about this one?

Googling Profhilo, however, the reviews spoke for themselves.

People seemed to consistently be fawning over the procedure….

Okay, interesting, I thought. 

I figured if that many clients were raving about it, especially considering it’s the, ahem, often quite brutally opinionated internet out there, there must be something to Profhilo. 

All right then, needle me up again!

(Above translates into “I booked an appointment.”)  

Facial injections at Look Lovely London

After sipping my delicious tea in the Look Lovely London reception, I applied numbing cream and wandered up the stairs to Dr Wilson’s office, where I leisurely lay down on her table.

Dr Wilson proceeded to give me a series of small sting-like injections on each side of the face…

10 jabs in total.

The injections felt different to Botox- they were slightly fiery for a few seconds like I’d been stung by a tiny bug.

But the heated sensation quickly subsided.  

After my first session, Dr Wilson informed me I might see some improvement in skin texture after the first session but the real change would be noticeable after my second treatment, which I swiftly booked for 4 weeks ahead.

That day, I left the Look Lovely London clinic with tiny hives at the injection sites, which went away after three hours.

Though I didn’t feel much skin tightening at first my skin did feel quite hydrated already!

In fact that my untreated neck started to look duller in contrast to my nice, dewy face. 

 By the way, necks can also be treated with Profhilo!  

It’s a great place to have it done because with all the wonderful treatments done to our face, it starts to look slightly out of joint if what’s holding it up is ageing faster. 

Profhilo treatments in London

A month later, the second set of injections felt similar to the first round BUT this time the effects were much more dramatic!

My skin was not only more hydrated but felt tighter. Based on previous pictures, I even spied slight creases and droops on my face were not as visible and my cheeks even looked somewhat elevated, though they had not undergone a filler procedure for a while. 

What’s more, the hydrating effects of Profhilo were such that I found myself changing my skincare and make-up products.

I suddenly needed less expensive creams and serums and my cakey, heavy foundation got put aside to make way for much lighter products- a simple tinted moisturiser in fact. 

I’m still using it.

So what would I summarise Profhilo as? 

Well, it’s basically like having a strong moisturiser inserted under your skin, which is particularly apt for the walking-down-the-aisle season and summertime celebrations.

This half-a-year-lasting procedure basically gives that dewy, “I’m rested, relaxed and been on an extremely rejuvenating vacation” look…or, more cheekily…a constant, wonderful post-sex glow!

Hey, that’s something to aim for in the upcoming season of love. 

And that’s all regarding Profhilo this time around.

Until next post, with the exploration of another fab procedure.

Yours truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client. 

Look Lovely London offer same-day callbacks for any advice, questions or concerns you might have. They will offer you the best treatment suited for your skin type and aim to give you first-class care.

Bride and groom sitting in a tree

My Best Friend’s Botox

Botox injections for brides

Wedding Season: Part Two.

And we’re off into the Look Lovely London sequel.

From last week’s A-list facial to this week’s spotlight treatment-

The long heralded and widely renowned Botox!

By now you’ve probably read plenty about anti-wrinkle injections on the web and been inundated with info, to the point where you might just be wondering what on earth to think or where to even start. 

Part of being slightly and justifiably daunted is Botox’s amazing knack for being used on multiple areas on the face and neck and, frankly, other parts of the body (hello armpits to stop sweat!). 

Which area to pick then? 

Decisions, decisions. 

First off, know that Look Lovely London’s Dr Wilson is happy to answer any questions regarding what procedure is optimal to fit your concern on the very day of your treatment. 

So you should always feel safe that you’re getting what’s best for you.

That said, for the purpose of playing favourites, as I love to do, especially in the season of romantic nuptials and gorgeous across-the-room gazes, my personal preference is, ta-dah

Botox for the eyes

Audrey Hepburn quote
“The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,  because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.” 
(Audrey Hepburn)

Take it from Audrey, guys and girls, eyes are the windows to the soul. 

So ensuring they look as awake and refreshed as possible for that moment when you look into your beloved’s oculars and say the words “I do” is sure to fulfil your wildest dream on that special day. 

Additionally, a bigger, smoother eye area preps you for wedding pictures, where we tend to squint and crease more frequently during summertime…

Especially when we’re posing tenfold with family, friends and drunken Uncle Mike.  

All right, so admittedly, when I went in to see Dr Wilson to get my eyes treated, I also had a few lines on the top of my forehead that were majorly bugging me.

But thanks to Dr Wilson’s quick and efficient procedure, along with the crow’s feet, those creases were smoothed out, so I looked five years younger days after my Look Lovely London visit.

Oh, and if you’re worried about pain, fear not readers, I used to hate needles (ah, those were the days) but each area required just a handful of quick pricks…if even that. 

You also have the option of applying their fab numbing cream, which means feeling anything isn’t much of an issue. 

Over a week later my eyes appeared wider and more doe-like. The brow lift I added to the treatment also boosted the general opening effect of my mid-face.

The entire outcome was fully noticeable after two weeks and I looked dramatically rejuvenated and more youthful in my Instagram selfies….always an added bonus.

Starry eyes extraordinaire!

So there we have it.

Whether you’re a beautiful bride or an honorary guest at the reception to follow, charm your beloved or that handsome stranger across the tent not just with your Beyonce moves on the dance floor, but with your even more impressive seductive, Botox-crafted wide-eyed look. 

Just another solution to being the fairest of them all this summer!  

And that’s all from your canny insider this time round, my sweets…

Have a fabulous May.

Yours truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client 

Look Lovely London offer same-day callbacks for any advice, questions or concerns you might have. They will offer you the best treatment suited for your skin type and aim to give you first-class care.

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At the clinic, we take infection control and cleanliness very seriously. We are aware our clients may still worry about the spread of COVID-19. We want to reassure you that your health, safety and comfort is our priority.

We have a strict infection control policy at the clinic. On arrival, we recommend hand washing and offer gloves and masks for those patients who wish to wear them. We deep clean all surfaces, doors, handle, bannisters and card machines after every patient. We can also offer protected time slots for our more vulnerable clients so they have little or no contact with other people during their visit.

Our staff are rigorous about cleaning and handwashing. We disinfect treatment rooms and couches after every client, wearing gloves and masks if needed. We also use Cleanisept to prepare your skin before treatment – this is one of the best antimicrobial agents available to reduce the risk of infection.

We want to put your mind at ease that we have taken all the precautions to offer you a lovely and safe experience at the clinic.

We understand you may want to bring a friend or family member along to your appointment for moral support. However, in these unprecedented times, we ask you to attend alone to reduce the risk of transmission.

Disclaimer  – Please note a lot of the visual on this website were manly for illustrative purpose and taken prior to the COVID outbreak. Rigorous usage of gloves and face masks are now in practice.