The parties, the lack of sleep, the hectic routine, the empty celebrations box… Our skin always likes to remind us that we forgot to take care of it during the blurry festive period where no one quite knew what day of the week it was.
Luckily, we have some treatment recommendations on hand to help rescue your skin, rejuvenate your complexion and get you glowing in January.
In our opinion it’s never too late to invest in a few extra gifts From You To You…
Let’s get the basics out of the way first – your base!
January is the time for fresh starts and nothing leaves you feeling fresher than a six-step facial designed to make you glow.
The Hydrafacial works to clear away dead cells through deep exfoliation, extraction and cleansing. The treatment has many relaxing components to it too such as a gentle lymphatic drainage and light therapy along with natural ingredients to tackle pigmentation, acne and rosacea. Our practitioners will always tailor your facial to your specific concerns.
Suitable for all skin types, a Hydrafacial should be top of your New Years treatment to do list!
Known for its refreshing and rejuvenating powers, Profhilo is the perfect option if you are looking for an easy way to nourish your skin with results that will last well into the new year.
The treatment deeply hydrates, infusing 100% Hyaluronic acid into your skin which works to smooth out fine lines, improve texture and give you a dewy air-brushed look. One of the best things about Profhilo is its long-term effects – as the product stimulates collagen and elastin production for several months it is great for continuing to improve your natural face contour over time.
So if your resolution is to find a treatment that will give your skin the ingredients that it needs to take better care of itself, Profhilo could be your new go to.
Although summer may seem like a distant dream, it is useful to know what treatments are better done in the winter months vs when the sun is shining.
Microneedling uses tiny needles to encourage the skin to initiate its own healing process which in turn leads to the reduction of fine lines, acne, rosacea, pigmentation, stretch marks and even scarring. As the small needle punctures heal, avoiding sun exposure is key. Luckily January weather in England is good for some things! The winter months significantly reduce your risk of sun damage, meaning that your skin can recover faster and more effectively after the treatment.
Reducing healing time means seeing results sooner, so if you have been tempted to try out Microneedling there really has never been a better time.
POLYNUCLEOTIDES & EYEBRIGHT
Tired eyes are often an unwelcome post-festive staple, but luckily they don’t have to be for long.
Targeted under-eye skin boosters improve dark circles, smooth fine lines and deeply hydrate. The new go-to in targeted boosters is Polynucleotides. Polynucleotides are tiny, purified molecules that are injected into the area to encourage your cells to produce their own collagen and elastin, resulting in more radiant skin with improved texture.
Alternatively, Eyebrightis a great injectable treatment for your under-eye area, achieving similar results to Polynucleotides but this time through a combination formula of amino acids and super-hydrating Hyaluronic acid.
Not sure what skin booster is right for you? You can book in for a complimentary consultation with one of our practitioners to discuss your specific concerns.
No January pick-me-up wish list would be complete without Anti-Wrinkle injections. It may seem like a predictable recommendation, but that’s because they really do work for everyone!
With both age and repetitive muscle movement, lines settle into the face and these can make you look tired and fatigued which certainly doesn’t help with that post-Christmas fatigue. Anti-wrinkle injections are a simple, non-surgical treatment to soften and smooth those wrinkles, resulting in a fresher, more youthful and relaxed looking you.
We would love to help you keep your skincare New Year’s resolutions and that’s why we have our Anti-Wrinkle membership options, offering either three or four treatments per year at a discounted price when paid in advance or monthly. The best part? You also get 10% off one other treatment of your choice each month which means that you can try out any of the above suggestions at a discounted price too!
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?
After a busy festive season, we can’t wait to help our patients beat those January blues with a few pick-me-up treatments. If you’re ready to get your 2024 glow on the go, please call us on 020 3900 2756 or book online.
Anti wrinkle injections for your shoulders? Trap Tox
Most of you know me as active, running up and down the stairs, chatting away and carrying out lots of procedures. I’m basically on the go for most of the day.
However, since my teenage years I have endured persistent back pain. I have a poor posture due to a curvature in my upper spine (scoliosis). After physio, osteopathy and even operations I realised that exercise and stretching is the key to keeping the pain at bay.
The pain and tension is mainly in my upper back and shoulders. It often radiates up my neck to my head creating tension headaches. It can even move down to my chest wall causing discomfort due to the tightness.
These sore pressure point could be eased temporarily with a massage, but the tightness would return after long working hours, poor sleep, stressed and sitting at a desk. And I think we are all familiar with this scenario!
As my trapezius muscle was constantly working it was built up like ‘Ox shoulders’. Put politely, you could call them ‘swimmer’s shoulders’ but I looked quite masculine and pulled forward with a hunch. Then I discovered a miracle treatment called ‘Trap tox” and I realised it would be the best chance to release spasm and tension.
I had 5 injections of anti-wrinkle into the trapezius. The trapezius muscle is a back muscle that runs from the base on of your neck to the shoulder bone. The injections were virtually painless and felt like having acupuncture.
I also wanted to treat my pecs (pectoral muscle which lies over the front chest wall). My pecs were also tight as the muscle shortens with persistent poor posture. When these muscles are temporarily calmed the upper back opens up and releases upper back tension.
These types of shoulder treatments are very safe and have been available on the NHS for years, however the wait-lists are now too long and patients have been struggling with worsening pain.
Two weeks from the treatment and I felt my back was more mobile, looser and had way less tension. Then at the 4 weeks mark my shoulders where less bulky and had an attractive sloping effect. I enjoy the aesthetic changes, but I was amazed that I no longer had upper back tightness and headaches. My mood also improved, and my husband say I’m more upbeat and happier now, which is a bonus!
For me this treatment has been a game changer. If you feel constant tightness and tenderness in the trapezius muscle or a your chest wall, then this is the best treatment for you. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I will definitely be having this treatment every 4-6 months.
Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your Trap Toxonline.
Not sure if this is the right treatment for you?If you would like a personalised treatment plan or advice, then please don’t hesitate toemail ussome clear pictures of the area you are looking to treat, and we will happily review for you. You can also read more aboutanti wrinkle injections here.
On March 27th we woke up to a changed world with regards to anti-wrinkle treatments. Our previously loved product which we knew offered fantastic results- Azzalure was rapidly diminishing in supply across the UK and the boxes could only be sourced in small numbers. By April 1st (no joke) there was a nationwide halt in the production of Azzlaure. The main pharmaceutical company declared they were unable to give us a date of when production would restart.
We have been told this has nothing to do with the Ukraine /Russian war as the actual product – Botulinum toxin is made in France. As panic amongst clinics grew, very little information was given to hundreds of companies across the country, who offered this much needed, and for some, essential treatment.
At Look Lovely London, we were not happy with the information we had been given so we decided to do further investigating. We needed to get to the bottom of the rapidly unfolding situation, where the supply chain of a much-loved product was coming to an end. We have now been told the little glass vials the products is careful shipped over to the UK in, is in fact made in China. And the problem lies in China where they have been having issues sourcing the glass.
After gaining this information we acted quickly and wisely to ensure we could continue offer anti-wrinkle treatments and managed to source an equally great product from a rival pharmaceutical company called Allergan. From my 12 years of injected I am confident this brand will still offer the fantastic results you are looking for, be it completely wrinkle-free or natural.
The story continued to unfold- On April 5th it was announced there was a global shortage of all brands as so many clinics moved across. At this stage all the main pharmaceutical companies pushed their prices up by 30%. This will be financially crippling for many clinics and may cause closures.
At Look Lovely London we want to reassure you we will continue to act swiftly and source Botulinum toxin, having a good relationship with their representatives. Sadly, due to the sharp increase in costs we will need to review our pricing in the coming weeks.
We appreciate times are difficult for everyone but please be aware any small price increase is not driven by profit but by a squeeze from our suppliers. We know that some clinics will move across to cheaper, less effective brands of anti-wrinkle – which will offer inferior results and last a shorter amount of time. However at Look Lovely London we insist on only using the safest and clinically proven products available in the industry. We will not compromise on quality.
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!
I have to admit that as someone who loves the general maintenance anti wrinkle injections (and maybe a touch of filler here and there) I wasn’t sold on the idea of Profhilo. I love the instant results a treatment can provide, so the thought of waiting some 6 weeks for the final results to take effect… Well, I’d rather just get some filler!
Sadly, filler doesn’t fix everything.
It wasn’t until I had a conversation with our Aesthetic Practitioner Melissa, that I became aware that the lower part of my face was starting to get ‘crepey’ – that so-called nice word practitioners use to describe skin that lacks firmness, and is wrinkled in texture. Literally like crepe paper… I mean honestly, it’s a tough pill to swallow!
I use high end skincare at home and cover my skin in layers of makeup every day, so I wasn’t really looking at my skin too closely. I guess the general perception as you get older is to focus more on anti wrinkle and filler – and not so much on the actual rejuvenation of your skin. Enter Profhilo – A product that promises to improve skin texture – as long as you’re willing to wait. But does it actually work and does it take that long?
Let’s keep this very real. Modifying my skin texture wasn’t really on my treatment to-do list and it wasn’t until my 4th week in clinic that I noticed Profhilo had developed a bit of a cult following. Traditionally used on the face, it’s becoming increasingly popular as a treatment for the neck and even hands. A couple of patients (you know who you are!) reported back on almost ‘instant’ results and were booking in for other areas of their bodies to be treated. One patient in particular looked more refreshed less than 48 hours after her treatment! It made me curious.
If you’ve had an appointment with Dr Davina, you’ll know that she isn’t one to agree to a treatment just because you want it – there needs to be a reason and a good one at that. In fact, the whole culture at Look Lovely London is built on this principle. So when Davina herself said she was willing to take me on my journey into rejuvenation, I knew it was something I wanted to try (I suspect my ‘crepey’ situation might’ve been the topic of discussion on the group chat! 😆)
I won’t bore you with the technicalities of how this particular magic is performed. I just want to share the results.
Is my skin firmer? Yes
Is it a better texture than before? Yes
Does my skin glow? Yes
Have I knocked 5 years off the age of my skin? Without a doubt
Do I still want my routine anti wrinkle and filler? Of course! 😊
More importantly my skin feels…plumper! I’ve been tutted at for using this word in clinic, but there’s no better word to describe it! It’s 100% more plump and cushiony. Not exactly a technical description but that’s the reality. My make up goes on better and I feel like I have a more youthful appearance. Want to see the process? Check it out here
The bottom line?
For me, this treatment works – and I’m saying this through gritted teeth. I really didn’t want to buy into the clinic hype – but it’s it not hype, it’s the real deal. Would I have it again? Without a shadow of a doubt.
Please note: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional to discuss your health and cosmetic concerns
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.
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.
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.