Sculptra® is growing in popularity here at the clinic. How are our clients finding the experience? One of our long-standing clients gave us her account of her experience
“I’ve been going to LLL for over 10 years now so when I heard about a collagen-stimulating treatment that would revitalise my skin, volumise hollow areas and improve my skin texture I had to try it out.
Typically I love anti wrinkle injections and Profhilo but in my early 60’s I’ve noticed my skin has become more crepey and loose, there’s more sagging, slight jowls and overall, I can see that my face dropping south! My jawline has also lost contour so I was pleased to hear that Sculptra® could be added to this area to improve skin thickness and help give more definition to my jawline.
I wanted to go for an option that would give me gradual results where my family and my daughters wouldn’t immediately guess. I didn’t want to be blown up with fillers and be transformed overnight. I just wanted friends to comment that I was looking fresher and to feel more confident about my slightly ageing skin. Sculptra® has been safely used in the UK since 2004 and Davina told me the product she was injecting was an improved formula that has recently been brought back to the UK. For all these reasons I decided that it sounded like a good option for me.
I was told I would need 2 treatments 4 weeks apart and only around the 2/3 month mark would I notice a change and a lift to my skin. If I loved the results, I could even go for a 3rd treatment, but I was initially told to try the two sessions and to see how my skin responded.
I popped on her couch after the team applied some numbing cream on my face. The procedure was comfortable and involved around 4 injections on either side of my face. The clear liquid product which is like water was gently spread underneath my skin using a bendy blunt tube called a cannula, which I was told keeps the procedure safe.
It took about 20 minutes to place the product under the skin in the sagging areas. My face was numb from the cream and the product also has a local anaesthetic in it, which meant I was so comfortable I found myself chatting away. I barely felt a thing!
Davina then gave my face a lovely massage to disperse the product further.
I was told to carry out this massage myself for the next 5 days, 5 times a day for 5 minutes. I thought I would forget to do it but actually, I enjoyed giving myself that gentle massage over the week as I felt it was revitalising my skin even more. There’s no downtime with the treatment and all I had after the first session was a small bruise on my jawline that cleared within 4 days.
When I left the treatment room my face was glowing and already felt plumped up with my skin feeling smoother and slightly tighter. Davina told me over the next few days the volume may reduce a little as the liquid spread into the tissue further, but to give it time as then the product starts to stimulate my skin’s own production of collagen. I was told to be patient as the magic starts to happen after my second treatment 4 weeks later.
My second treatment was as easy as the first and I noticed a difference around 10 days later with my skin feeling smoother, healthier and volume appearing in my hollowed-out areas in the mid-cheek.
I am now patiently waiting for the 2 months to go by so I can see the fuller effects. It was a great experience at Look Lovely London and I’m telling all my friends in their 50-60’s to try it out. If you’re looking for a way to gradually lift your skin and give it more glow, I highly recommend you try this. So far, the results have been worth the wait and I’m going to continue to see improvements!
If you want a gentle treatment to smooth out fine lines, lift and revitalise loose sagging skin while restoring facial volume we have an exciting new treatment for you! We’re launching a new and improved non-invasive collagen stimulating injectable treatment that will contour the face helping you looked years younger, in a natural and subtle way. It’s called Sculptra.
Why Sculptra? If you want to avoid dermal fillers and are looking for a more natural alternative, Sculptra will help you look amazing without anyone guessing you’ve had a treatment. It lifts, plumps, and rejuvenates your skin by stimulating your facial tissues to produce collagen giving you natural and long-lasting results.
How does it work? The procedure involves tiny injections into the soft tissue of the face that are almost painless with the addition of a local anaesthetic. Sculptra is a solution containing poly-L-Lactic acid which is found naturally in the body and produced by muscles. The product has been safely used in the aesthetic world for over 50 years with no risk of allergies.
It’s a low maintenance treatment – where we recommended 2 treatments 4 weeks apart. Each treatment takes 30 minutes, with no downtime other than the risk of a small bruise. You’ll notice results within 4-6 weeks and your skin will feel younger and fresher. Once you’ve had your sessions, you’re good to go for 2 years – no need to worry about maintenance treatments or top-up visits!
Who is Sculptra best for? This treatment is perfect for those with fine or deeper lines on the face or who may have lost facial fat over the years with crepey skin or hollowness. The results can take a few months to gradually take effect, so the treatment is best if you want natural, subtle enhancement and are happy to wait- but trust us, the results are well worth the wait!
Sculptra works in conjunction with your other treatments like botulinum toxin, microneedling and Profhilo and in fact, because it improves skin quality it will actually enhance the results of these other treatments.
Booking your treatment We are taking bookings for Sculptra from 28thJune and have a waiting list. If you’d like more information about this treatment, or to make an advance booking please get in touch.
Staying on top of training to deliver the best service for our patients
Giving you the best service and offering the latest treatments is our top priority, and that means we work hard to stay on top of our training. Our industry is unfortunately very poorly regulated, which leads to many non-healthcare professionals offering potentially dangerous injections and treatments. As an experienced doctor, I feel excellent training is paramount.
It’s important to ensure that people who are injecting and caring for patients have high-quality teaching and hands-on skills before offering treatments to patients. Therefore, I’m actively involved in training health care professionals at a dedicated training organisation Interface Aesthetics – one of only a handful of approved training providers offering education in all aspects of advanced injectables. We cover extensive anatomy training to ensure all injections are safe and then provide hands-on injecting experience mentoring trainees in safe techniques to offer the best results.
Being a clinic owner and a practitioner myself, my values are fully aligned with Interface Aesthetics’. We believe in providing high-quality injectable training, whilst campaigning for higher standards, better regulation in the industry and improving public awareness on how to select safe practitioners and clinics. Here’s a quick video showing what a typical training day looks like.
I love teaching and I’m so proud to have the opportunity to teach young professionals going into the industry. With 11 years (and counting!) of experience in injectables, I can offer guidance and support to help shape their careers in this exciting industry and make sure their foundation training is the best it can be. And the hard work that the team have put in is already being recognised. We’ve been nominated as a finalist for the ‘Best Independent training provider’ in 2021 after just 18 months of us offering formal training programmes. Something else that I’m exceptionally proud of!
I run training days alongside my regular clinics. This means I can constantly refresh our team’s training and make sure they’re following the most up-to-date procedures in injectables and are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to offer safe treatments and the best results for you. We learn how to act quickly and what to do if, in the unlikely event that something does go wrong.
Complications rates are very low if you visit a reputable clinic, but they can still occur. If something happened to you, you’d want to know you are in safe and calming hands to rectify the issue quickly and ensure no long-lasting changes remain. It’s always important to ask what type of training your injector has, to ensure they look after your precious face.
If you’d like to know more about our training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d be delighted to provide more information.
As I write this, it’s been a whole year since we abandoned the familiar and went into lockdown to keep ourselves and others safe. I know every single one of you has found this last year a struggle. Whether you’ve been juggling family life with kids while working from home, missing loved or simply longing to sit down to a roast (that you didn’t cook!) and a large glass of wine with friends. We’ve all had our lows, but I remain hopeful that we’re now turning a corner, and we’ll soon be able to do all the things we’ve missed again.
Returning to frontline medicine
I’ve returned to frontline medicine while the clinic’s been closed, working in the acute care setting and helping those who’ve been hit by Covid-19 the hardest. I’ve also been working closely with my colleagues at the Covid hub in Soho helping design and run an IT system that remotely monitors patients with moderate-to-serious Covid symptoms and pick up any sudden deterioration in their health. This means we can be more proactive in getting care to patients the minute we see concerning readings. This in-turn helps prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and reduces the burden on secondary care.
It’s been very rewarding to use my skills in emergency medicine once again, but it’s also been challenging to see so many patients suffer. Seeing the toll the pandemic has taken on people’s lives first-hand has been very upsetting. At the same time, this period has made me value life even more and reminded me to never take even the smallest of moments in our life for granted. We need to celebrate our health and happiness and live life to the full!
I’m now helping roll out the vaccination programme to ensure all Londoners are protected against this nasty virus so we can get back to normality by the summer.
I’m no longer seeing unwell patients face-to-face as rates are thankfully dropping in London. Fingers crossed this is a sign that we’ve passed the peak.
We remained open for anyone that needed treatment for medical skin conditions, but of course it hasn’t been the same. I’ve missed Look Lovely London terribly, however by helping people with Covid over these tough times I’ve managed to find a good balance. I’ve found peace in still caring for patients, in a different way this year. Now it’s time to get ready to welcome you all back to the clinic and I can’t wait to come back full-time and see you all again.
Keeping you Safe
I’ve been lucky enough to have been fully vaccinated. However, rest assured at Look Lovely London we will continue to carry out strict hygiene measures to ensure all our patients remain safe during their visit to us. We’ve also given the clinic a full deep clean and a complete redecorated so it’s all ready for you.
Bookings are open now!
We’re so excited to fully open April 12th and show you our newly refurbed and sparkly clinic. Bookings are now live and open on the website. Appointments are going quickly so do book as soon as you can and get yourself looking fresh coming out of the third and final lock-down. Booking treatments is quick and simple and we’re also launching our new Wow Facial next month. Do check it out and book your appointment before they all go!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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!
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.
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:
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.