January Essentials

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

 

HYDRAFACIAL

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!

 

PROFHILO

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.

 

MICRONEEDLING

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, Eyebright is 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.

 

ANTI WRINKLE

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.

Polynucleotides

What are Polynucleotides?

Polynucleotides are tiny purified molecules injected into the skin which encourage it to maintain its youthful appearance. They are commonly referred to as biostimulators or biorevitalisers. This injectable is a cosmetic treatment quickly gaining popularity due to its ability to promote skin regeneration and encourage revitalisation naturally.

What do Polynucleotides do for your skin?

Polynucleotides help your skin to heal, repair and glow! By stimulating your cells to produce their own collagen and elastin, they will improve skin quality, firmness and elasticity. Polynucleotides are great for reducing fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. We also recommend the treatment if you are looking for help with any acne scarring or rosacea.

Where can I have Polynucleotides?

This injectable product can be used for the face, along with the neck and decolletage areas. We also offer a specialised Polynucleotide injectable designed specifically for the delicate eye area.

Are polynucleotides natural?

Yes!  Polynucleotides are of natural origin and derived from European freshwater fish intended for human consumption, which most closely resembles human DNA.

How often should I have a Polynucleotide treatment?

For best results, we recommend that patients opt for a course of 3-4 treatments. You practitioner will always tailor your treatment plan specifically to your skin and desired outcome.

What can you expect after a polynucleotide treatment?

You can expect improved skin texture, tone and hydration. Polynucleotide’s are particularly great for acne scarring, and reducing any redness created by Rosacea.

How long do the results last?

Typically, the effects of these treatments last 6 to 12 months. Regular treatments can provide more noticeable and long-lasting results.

What other treatments would you recommend alongside Polynucleotide injectables?

Polynucleotides not only rejuvenate your skin on their own, but they also enhance other treatments as they create a brilliant foundation. Polynucleotides are best teamed with other treatments for ultimate results.

What is the cost?

A course of 3 treatments is required, and costs £895 for the package. Each treatment is one month apart. Your practitioner will advise on your recommended treatment plan during your consultation.

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your polynucleotides treatment online.

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 to email us some clear pictures of the area you are looking to treat, and we will happily review for you.

HarmonyCa

It’s Saturday and I’m walking around with a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Not because I’ve managed to get to the gym this morning or that I avoided that extra glass of wine last night (although that helps). It’s because I had a brand new treatment – HarmonyCa – and I can see the amazing results!

We are so excited to finally launch this revolutionary new generation treatment at Look Lovely London, and make it available to our patients. It’s literally like no other treatment in the industry!

What is HarmonyCa?

HarmonyCa is a new hybrid biostimulator filler. So to put the medical jargon to one side, this means it has 2 magical components. It contains a fantastic filler that will instantly lift and gently contour, and then also calcium ( calcium hydroxyapatite). Calcium promotes your skin to produce collagen which improves elasticity and firmness, reducing creepiness and fine lines.

You’ll see instant volumisation and shaping to your face, and on-top of this your skin will be stimulated to start producing new collagen. The treatment will cause long-term lifting through collagen production, and can last for 18 months or more.  The real sweet point after this treatment is around the 3-month mark. The filler will still be looking fabulous but then your skin will start to glow and have an improved ‘snap-back’ effect with more elasticity and tightness. So almost like a mini facelift. I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin in only a week!

So why did I go for HarmonyCa?

As I approach my mid 40’s I’ve noticed my face slimming, with loss of volume below my cheeks. This depressed area has made me look a little hollow and more aged. I sometimes look in the mirror and just want to lift my skin up to restore the position of where the tissues in my face used to be – taut and tight like in my 30’s! I’ve also noticed – shock horror- some early jowling around my jaw line and hollowing either side of my chin. This is called the pre-jowl sulci area. As HarmonyCa targets the cheeks, lower face and jowls, it felt like the perfect treatment for me.

I also noticed my skin feeling less smooth, and more sallow, so I knew I needed a collagen boost. These changes in my face are all due to the fact I’m losing 2% of collagen in my skin a year as I age. Being a busy woman and a little scared of injections (believe it or not, even though I’m called “The Queen of the Needle”) I wanted a dual action treatment to tackle both problems of volume loss and skin laxity. So, I was delighted to jump on the couch and let Hannah do her magic with HarmonyCa.

What happens during a HarmonyCa treatment?

Hannah cleaned my skin and marked up 4 key points on my face where the product needed to go, to help create the lift I needed and to tackle the grooves developing. HarmonyCa only gets placed in the cheeks, lateral parts of your face and around your chin. This keeps the treatment very safe, staying away from important vessels but will be the most effective areas to treat to tighten the skin and give me the contouring I need.

No needles are needed, once the cannula is in place. As I’m a wimp with pain, I’d rate the discomfort level around 6/10. I could feel a sharp prink at each entry point, which only lasted a few seconds. There was a total of 8 for the whole treatment.

I had 2 syringes placed either side of my face and it took about 15 minutes.  You may need more depending on the grooves present and laxity of your skin. I had the treatment during the day in a break and then continued to see my own patients. There really is no down time and the small needle points healed within 2 days. I had no bruising and minimal swelling. I did feel some tenderness the evening of the treatment, but I knew this was the stimulator kicking in.

How did I feel after my HarmonyCa treatment?

I felt instantly lifted, which no other biostimulator offers. However, the true results will be present 3-4 months from now as the calcium in this product starts to stimulate my own elastins and fibroblasts ( little components present in all our skin) to make collagen.

So this treatment, really just keeps on giving! It’s made by a top-pharmaceutical company called Allergan – backed by some robust clinical trials around safety. The risk of vascular complications is far less than standard fillers, but the results can be far better.

I feel like I’ve found my new wonder treatment. I can see myself needing a lot less dermal filler, as this product has the Hyalouronic acid (filler) to give me the immediate lift, but also will stimulate my own collagen.  It’s more natural and also gives me the lift, and a little scaffolding in the face as I age. Even after 1 week I feel my skin feels firmer. I’d definitely consider getting a top-up treatment in 6 months, but likely to only need 1 syringe so I can build on and maintain my results.

So if you feel your face is dropping, your cheekbones seem to have lost their shape or you’ve noticed the dreaded jowls developing –  get in contact with us! We all need this outstanding new 2 in 1 product, giving you double the effect all in one appointment. This is a personalised treatment, so pricing is determined through consultation.

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your HarmonyCa consultation and treatment online.

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 to email us some clear pictures of your face, and we will happily review for you.

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

Dr Davina Wilson

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.

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COVID safety policy

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.