Vitamin C & Sun Awareness

The sun is shining and so are you! As everyone gets ready to make the most of each and every time the sun shows itself this summer, we’re thinking about skin preparation and protection for the season ahead. Vitamin C provides a variety of skincare benefits, but did you know that it also helps to protect your skin from UV damage and can boost the effectiveness of your SPF? We outline below why Vitamin C is our must have accessory this sunny season.

What does Vitamin C do?

Often hailed as one of the best ingredients on the market, Vitamin C is the key to maintaining a healthy glowing complexion. With antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties, it reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discolouration. If dull or lacklustre skin is your concern, Vitamin C is the solution. It works to brighten thanks to its ability to inhibit melanin production which gives our skin pigment, meaning that through daily use you will start to notice a brighter, lighter complexion along with fading of existing dark spots.

Vitamin C + Sunscreen = Double Protection

Whether you’re jetting-off on a summer holiday or simply setting up your deck chair in the back garden, SPF should always be your first choice of companion. But why should you combine SPF and Vitamin C?

Oxidative stress occurs when the skin is exposed to pollutants and environmental aggressors, such as UV rays. This stress can cause lines and wrinkles to form, as electrons attack healthy cells and change their structure. When you layer them together, your Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to combat oxidative stress and give your skin extra UV protection benefits alongside your normal SPF. In return, sun cream helps to prevent your Vitamin C from oxidising, making it more effective. Ultimately, combining the two will combat sun damage, protect the skins condition and slow the ageing process.

So how do you incorporate Vitamin C into your skincare routine?

Vitamin C is suitable for daily use and should be applied in the morning after washing your face. A little goes a long way so you only need a few drops. Once you have rubbed in your Vitamin C you can then apply your moisturiser. Follow this up with your sun cream and you’re good to go!

The popularity of Vitamin C is both a blessing and a curse as it makes it hard to know which products work and which don’t. We have several different Vitamin C serums and creams depending on your skin type, so just ask your practitioner which one will deliver the best results for you.

And what Sunscreen should you use?

When deciding on a sun cream, it’s important to opt for a broad-spectrum formula as this will provide defence against both UVB and UVA rays. It should also be at least SPF 30, however if you have fair skin or know you will be spending a significant amount of time in the sun we would always recommend SPF 50.

We have a wide range of sun protection products available at the clinic and what our practitioners recommend varies depending on your skin and your goals. Our selection of sunscreens come in multiple formulations to suit all skin types and lifestyles, so just ask your practitioner what they would suggest for your skin during your appointment.

Add a one hit wonder to your Hydrafacial with us

Looking for a quick Vitamin C fix? We have a new addition to our Hydrafacial booster selection – The Vita-C Booster!

The Vita-C booster works to brighten, smooth and accelerate the skin’s surface renewal all whilst minimizing the look of dark spots. The Hydrafacial device uses gentle suction to open pores and infuse the booster deep into skin for the most effective treatment possible.

Packed with active ingredients and designed to enhance the results of your session, the Vita-C booster is an easy add-on option if you are working towards reviving dull skin, evening its tone and getting your summer glow on the go in time for the sun. Book your Hydrafacial plus booster here.

Be prepared and sun aware

Your skin has to last a lifetime, so we want to help you protect yours this summer. To book an appointment with one of our practitioners, simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756 or book online. We’re looking forward to seeing you – and the sun soon!

Exosomes – Your guide to the in demand skin treatment!

Exosome Treatments at Look Lovely London

The latest in demand clinic treatment is Exosomes. Exosome treatments are a 2 step skin treatment involving microneedling, followed by the application of exosomes. It’s a quick fix for dull skin, and anyone looking to reduce post treatment redness or inflammation.

What are Exosomes?

Exosomes are nanoparticles released by nearly all cells in the human body. They carry important components like proteins, DNA and RNA and serve as communicators between cells to help them absorb minerals, vitamins, and growth factors. Exosomes are messengers that send signals to unhealthy cells, prompting them to regenerate and begin the body’s natural healing process.

What does an Exosome treatment involve?

Exosomes need to be able to penetrate the superficial layer of skin, so that they can absorb in and communicate with cells – otherwise they would just sit on the surface and not be effective. Because of this, an exosome treatment involves a session of microneedling, followed by the application of topical exosomes. Think of exosomes as the finishing touch that enhances the treatment you have just had, reducing inflammation and continuing to enhance results afterwards.

How do Exosomes help our skin?

As we get older, our skin cells start to produce fewer exosomes which can consequently slow down cell turnover and lead to fine lines, wrinkles and reduced elasticity. An exosome treatment works to wake up inactive skin cells and older exosomes, so they can get back to work on repairing and revitalising the skin. Exosomes stimulate collagen and elastin production, vital proteins for skin elasticity and firmness.

Who is the treatment for?

Because the benefits of exosomes are so wide reaching, the treatment is suitable for anyone who is looking to improve the overall health of their skin. When used for facial rejuvenation, exosomes can address various skin concerns like acne scaring, inflammation, sagging, pigmentation, ageing and more!

When combined with Microneedling or Morpheus8, exosomes will improve wound healing, whilst also optimising treatment results such as firming skin, smoothing lines & wrinkles, calming redness and reducing inflammation.

Are Exosomes natural?

Yes! The exosomes we use are plant based and of natural origin. At Look Lovely London, we have chosen to use advanced synthetic exosomes combined with plant stem cells. This unique formula means an increase in the proteins of the extracellular matrix, increasing cell turnover and refining the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

How often should I have an Exosome treatment?

Your practitioner will always assess and advise you how many treatments they would suggest based upon your own skin concerns.

On average, we recommend four treatments, two to four weeks apart. Typically, the effects of these treatments last 6 to 12 months. Regular treatments can provide more noticeable and long-lasting results. If you are preparing your skin for a special event, one treatment one-week prior to the day itself is a great way to even complexion and help your skin to glow.

What other treatments would you recommend alongside Exosomes?

Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, exosomes are a great add-on option for your Morpheus8 appointments. Skin will feel instantly soothed, because exosomes work to speed up recovery time and they boost the efficiency of the healing process. For more details about whether or not this would be an addition for your next treatment, simply get in touch.

Why choose Look Lovely London for your Exosomes treatment?

At Look Lovely London, we love bringing you new treatments and we pride ourselves on harnessing the latest advancements in regenerative skincare.

Our practitioners ensure that every treatment is tailored to the unique needs of each patient. To book in for a complimentary consultation and explore how exosomes can help your skin, simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756 or book online.

It’s Time To Get Summer Skin Ready

Summer is on our minds here at Look Lovely London, every time we see the sun starting to peek through our clinic windows! We can’t wait to pack up our winter woollies and make way for our summer dresses, but what about our skin? In much the same way that we change our wardrobe for the sun, it’s also the time of year when we need to be thinking about revamping our skin regime too.

After a long winter, your skin may need some extra attention to look and feel its best during the sunny season which is exactly what we’re here for! In this guide, we share our top treatments for prepping, protecting and prolonging your summertime glow.

Give your skin a boost(er)

Nourished, hydrated, refreshed, rejuvenated. The results of a skin booster perfectly describe how we want our skin to feel throughout the sunnier months. Summer weather can strip the skin of moisture and lead to dehydration. A skin booster will give you a burst of hydration from the inside out, quickly combatting the effects of sun exposure and heat all whilst acting to calm and refresh the skin.

One of the best things about a skin booster is the long-term effects. Boosters promote the production of collagen and elastin for several months, working to improve texture, tone and elasticity throughout summer and beyond.

We have a wide variety of boosters all trusted by our practitioners, to target whatever your concerns may be, so why not book in for a complimentary consultation and find your skin’s new saviour this season.

Refresh with a Hydrafacial

A popular preparation step for any season and for good reason! But if we are being summer specific, many steps within a Hydrafacial treatment are important for keeping your skin healthy this season.

Hydrafacial works to clear away dead skin cells, dirt and impurities caused by increased sweat and oil production through its deep exfoliation, extraction and cleansing stages. The natural ingredients used within the treatment will infuse the skin with moisturising serums that nourish, plump and combat the drying effects of sun and wind exposure. A Hydrafacial works to enhance the overall texture and tone of the skin, leaving it looking brighter and smoother.

Nothing leaves you feeling fresher than a six-step facial so give your skin a little TLC and keep it looking its best throughout your socialising this season by visiting us for a Hydrafacial.

Why not try the Hydrabody too?

Everyone talks about the wonders the Hydrafacial works for your face, but did you know the Hydrabody incorporates all that goodness into a body treatment too?

Hydrabody involves a full-body exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, followed by a moisturising mask or body serum application to deeply hydrate the skin. Designed to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed, it is the perfect pre-summer treat to prepare your skin for the warmer weather and sun exposure.

We treat a variety of different areas including back, arms, thigh, booty and hands, so whatever area you’re thinking could use a little extra attention before summer, we’re here to help make sure your skin is ready for the sunny days ahead.

EMShape your Summer body

We all want to feel confident and comfortable heading into whatever the sunnier months have in store for us. Summer attire, social gatherings and vacations all play a part in many of us making it our goal to lose weight and tone up before the season starts.

The EMShape Neo is designed to provide a non-invasive solution for those looking to build muscle, reduce fat and improve overall body shape and tone. The device works by inducing powerful muscle contractions to increase muscle whilst also heating and destroying fat cells through radiofrequency.

Stomach, arms, legs or buttocks – the EMShape Neo is the ultimate body contouring trick to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin this summer. All of our practitioners are fully qualified to perform the treatment and with minimal preparation and no downtime required you can get started on your journey right away.

Everyday skin protection

SPF. We all knew this would be on this list.

The crucial component of any skincare routine, SPF protects and prevents the damaging effects of the sun. By incorporating SPF into your daily routine you can help safeguard your skin and maintain its health for years to come.

We recommend you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen and apply it generously before sun exposure as well as reapplying every two hours. If you visit Look Lovely London, it’s clear from our shelves that we love Obagi, Heliocare  and ZO best! We have a range of sunscreens available for purchase including oil free and tinted products so feel free to ask you practitioner what one they think would suit your skin texture best during your appointment.

Enjoy your Summer!

We’re here to help you look and feel confident as you embark on your best summer yet. Take the first step towards a skin safe sun-kissed season by giving us a call on 020 3900 2756 or booking online. 

Body Contouring with EMShape Neo

EMShape Neo exclusively at Look Lovely London

A treatment that burns fat and builds muscle? Yes please! Below is everything you need to know about the EMShape Neo and its body shaping powers. Stomach, arms, legs, thighs, calves or buttocks – EMShape Neo is the ultimate body contouring trick to help you achieve your goals.

 

What is the EMShape Neo?

The EMShape Neo is the first and only non-invasive device to combine HIFEM (high intensity electromagnetic energy) and Radio Frequency to reduce fat and tone muscle.

But what does that mean exactly? Electromagnetic energy is used to stimulate muscle contractions, making those muscles feel as though they’ve done crunches or squats nonstop for 30-minutes. What makes the EMShape Neo special is that it combines this with radiofrequency, a type of energy that is used to heat the fat just below your skin which works to reduce it. There is also the added benefit of skin tightening which can help to make the area look smoother and more toned overall.

 

Who is EMShape Neo suitable for?

If you are a person who wants less fat and more muscle (don’t we all?), then you would be a great candidate for the EMShape Neo.

It is ideal for patients who want to fast-track their fat loss and muscle-building efforts. If you are focused on losing weight and getting fit, but find that you aren’t seeing results as quickly as you would like, you can target fat and add definition through a package of treatments. The treatment is completely personalised to you and the goals you hope to achieve.

For those who are looking for functional benefits only, the treatment strengthens your muscles in the same way that exercise does, meaning that beyond aesthetic results you will also see an improvement within your workouts. The workout is fully customised to your fitness level and fat loss needs. 

 

What happens during the treatment?

There is no preparation required for EMHape Neo and each session lasts for around 30 minutes. We do ask that you do not eat 1 hour before treatment, and remove any metal objects from the treatment area (eg, piercings)

Your practitioner will work with you to customise your sessions in line with the results you want to achieve. Our machine can even treat two body areas at a time so you can easily target fat loss in two separate areas during a single appointment. Popular combinations include: Stomach & arms, abs & love handles, stomach & thighs, arms & thighs, buttocks and arms

When you lie down the applicator paddles will be applied firmly over the treatment area. During the session you will feel muscle contractions, together with a heating sensation which is comparable to a hot stone massage.

Post treatment there is no downtime and once the procedure is complete you can immediately get back to your daily routine, making the EMShape Neo a great fat loss option for those with a busy lifestyle.

How many sessions are required?

We recommend a course of 8 sessions utilised over 4-8 weeks. The quicker you have the sessions, the faster you will see results – so we suggest two 30-minute sessions a week for optimum results.

If you are looking for a total transformation, we would recommend doing a Body Bootcamp package, where you target two separate body areas within each session, twice per week.  This means treating two of your stubborn areas at the same time. Choose from: Stomach, arms, thighs, calves or buttocks

 

How long do the results last?

The EMShape Neo permanently destroys fat cells, making it the best option if you are looking for long-lasting results. Any muscle that is built in the area is just like muscle gained through exercise and will need to be maintained. You can do this through one-off maintenance sessions at our clinic whenever you require. Most patients will visit us monthly following their first intensive package, to sustain their results.

 

How do I get started?

Simply book your EMShape Neo consultation and appointment online, or call us on 020 3900 2756. With no preparation or downtime required, what are you waiting for? Let’s get you started on your journey right away. Contact us directly for our launch offers!

If you’re ready to accelerate your fat loss and muscle-building efforts, please call us on 020 3900 2756 or book online now. The secret is out and we can’t wait to introduce you to our new favourite treatment.

Non-Surgical Facelifts

It’s a common misconception that we need to take an ‘all or nothing’ approach to ageing. While facelifts certainly have their place in the world of cosmetic procedures, there are many more alternative treatments that stand between doing nothing at all and going ‘under the knife’.

Non-surgical facelifts are just as they sound: aesthetic treatments that offer tangible results without requiring you to see a plastic surgeon, undergo anaesthesia, and deal with weeks of post-operative healing.

These treatments promise fast yet long-lasting and natural-looking results that specifically target some of the most common signs of ageing, including loose and sagging skin, loss of contour and volume, a more textured appearance, and lost collagen.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Facelifts: Why Choose a Non-Surgical Alternative?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking surgery. In some instances, it does represent the best choice for the patient, offering more drastic results that may be beyond the scope of a non-surgical treatment.

But, for so many patients, a surgical procedure represents an unnecessary extreme – one that risks unnatural results, although this does depend on the skill and experience of the plastic surgeon.

Avoiding surgery in favour of a non-surgical facelift brings benefits like

  • Avoiding anaesthesia and the risks associated with all surgical procedures
  • Shorter treatment times – many of our patients visit us on their lunch breaks, or during a day out in the city.
  • Reduced risk of infection thanks to less invasive methods
  • Shorter healing times
  • Lower cost
  • Natural results
  • No scarring
  • Versatility – since these treatments yield semi-permanent or temporary results, they are far better suited to patients who would rather take a more measured approach to aesthetic enhancements
  • Treatment options that work with your body – for instance, by boosting collagen production – rather than against it

Why Are There So Many Non-Surgical Facelifts Options?

In short, because there are so many different patients out there!

Anti-ageing and facial rejuvenation represent a very exciting discipline. Each year, experts from around the world pioneer new treatments that really target specific areas of concern, yielding stronger outcomes while minimising invasiveness and recovery. This is fantastic for ensuring there is always a range of treatment options, rather than attempting to achieve natural results with a ‘one size fits all’ set of treatments.

Of course, this can mean that it’s a little daunting trying to work out which treatment – or combination of treatments – is right for you.

At Look Lovely London, our passion lies in creating the best possible treatment plan for every patient – one that is tailored to their goals and expectations, their concerns, and their long-term plans. We are always happy to set up a consultation and talk through the list of options until you’re happy.

That said, it always helps to do a little research ahead of time. Below, you can find out more about some of our most popular non-surgical facelift treatments.

The Morpheus 8

What it Targets: Any part of the body that is suffering from reduced collagen production, which leads to a loss of plumpness and a looser, less elastic appearance. The face, tummy, thighs, and buttocks represent the most common treatment areas. Click here to find out more about Morpheus 8.

How it works: This is what’s known as a ‘fractional skin treatment’, which uses radiofrequency microneedling to target specific areas of concern. It’s less invasive than a laser treatment.

The Results: Improved skin texture and reduced wrinkles. This treatment is great for targeting crow’s feet and jowls, but also wider-spread concerns like cellulite and stretchmarks on larger areas of the body.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment takes a little over an hour, as we will need to numb the treatment area. You can expect to be in and out in less than 90 minutes. 
  • Post-treatment, you should avoid putting any products on or around the treatment area for 48 hours. After that, you can go back to normal.
  • We generally recommend 3 courses of treatment, with results lasting between 1 and 3 years depending on the scope of the treatment plan, where we’re starting from, and your age.

Dermal Fillers

What it Targets: Parts of the face that are beginning to appear hollow, inelastic, or wrinkled – particularly around the eyes and mouth. This is due to a loss of our body’s natural collagen stores. Tear troughs, lost definition along the jawline, structural defects along the bridge of the nose, and deeper nasolabial folds (smile lines) are just some of the areas dermal fillers can treat.

Our full guide to dermal fillers is available here.

How it Works: Dermal filler, when injected into targeted areas, leads to a fresh build-up of moisture that re-pumps the skin, leading to a more youthful look.

The Results: You’ll see a change in your appearance straightaway – better skin texture, re-plumped cheeks and tear troughs, and better contouring depending on where the filler has been injected.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment takes about 40 minutes, which is why so many of our patients pop in during their lunch breaks.
  • You might see some bruising in the days that follow your treatment, but these will fade within a week to 10 days.
  • We recommend you return for additional treatment within a year to 18 months in order to maintain the best possible results.

HarmonyCa

What it Treats: Wrinkles, fine lines, lost volume, and skin inelasticity in the face.

How it Works: By combining filler with calcium hydroxyapatite, the HarmonyCa treatment offers the best of both worlds: a firmer, plumper appearance and reduced wrinkles, along with increased collagen production.

We’ve got a full guide to HarmonyCa if you’re interested to learn more.

The Results: A longer-lasting and very natural-looking rejuvenation of the face and jowls. HarmonyCa replaces lost volume by supporting your skin’s in-built ability to stay plump and firm.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • Treatment is very quick and can take as little as 30 minutes.
  • You may feel a little tender in the treatment areas a few hours after leaving the clinic, but there’s no downtime, and any pain should subside within 24-48 hours.
  • Results will last around 18 months, with gradual improvement over the first 3 months.

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

What it Targets: Parts of the face, chin, and neckline that have lost definition and require re-sculpting in order to bring out your natural beauty. If you feel as though your bone structure is starting to disappear beneath sagging skin and pockets of fat, this is a great treatment option to consider.

Find out more about HIFU treatments.

How it Works: These ultrasounds encourage the skin to do its own job, just more effectively! It targets three subdermal layers of skin to produce more collagen without introducing any fillers or synthetic collagen into the body. This is what leads to such natural-looking results.

The Results: It’s you, just revitalised. If you’ve noticed a difference in your appearance over the last few years, then the main culprit is your body’s reduced collagen production. By giving that process a boost, you’ll start to see (and feel) yourself again.

Treatment Timeline

  • HIFU takes less than an hour – around 45 minutes for most patients.
  • Recovery is minimal, with no downtime.
  • Results will last up to 18 months, with gradual improvement over those first 3 or 4 months post-treatment.

No Needle Facelift

What it Targets: Reduced collagen production and loose skin, along with redness, blemishes, and puffiness. This treatment approaches the signs of ageing and stress from multiple angles at once.

Read our guide to no needle facelifts.

How it Works: The no needle facelift combines four separate treatments: HIFU, Forma (more on that below), LED Light Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage. HIFU and Forma target lost collagen production, while LED Light Therapy works wonders for the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, redness, and acne, and draining the lymphatic system targets that puffy, tired appearance that lingers even after a good night’s rest.

The Results: This treatment targets the full list of concerns, from the concrete signs of ageing like wrinkles and sagging, to the more superficial (yet stubborn) signs like poor skin texture and puffiness.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself only requires an hour of your time.
  • There is no downtime, and many patients choose to get the treatment within a day or two of a big event thanks to the instant results it offers.
  • Results last somewhere between 6 – 9 months before further treatments are required.

Forma

What it Targets: Any part of the body that stands to benefit from lifting and contouring, from the face to the arms, and parts of the body that exercise alone just can’t target. It’s also effective for concerns like hyperpigmentation and textured skin.

Click herefor more information on Forma.

How it Works: With radio frequencies, we can target those subdermal layers – not just to stimulate natural collagen production, but also to cause a contraction of the underlying tissue.

The Results: Consistent, even results in the treatment area. Skin appears firmer and tighter, more evenly toned and textured – and, in the face, that tired, lethargic appearance that can be so hard to shift, even with a good diet and exercise plan, is replaced by a more youthful glow.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself takes as little as 30 minutes, although initial appointments will take slightly longer as we walk you through your personal treatment plan.
  • There is no downtime following this treatment – you may notice some redness or swelling for 24-48 hours post-treatment, but many patients experience no after-effects at all.
  • Results can last for 1-2 years following a course of treatment.

Sculptra

What it Targets: Facial skin that has lost – or is beginning to lose – its structural integrity. Fine lines, lost volume, loose skin and jowling, provided it’s not too advanced.

Take a look at our Sculptra guide.

How it Works: By injecting Poly-L-Lactic Acid into the skin. While it may sound very scientific, this polymer is produced naturally by the body but, as our metabolic processes slow with age, our skin starts to show signs of slowed production. An injection of PLLA heals those subdermal layers and boosts collagen production as a result.

The Results: Subtle and natural, but significant enough for you to notice a real difference in the mirror. This treatment is all about bringing out your natural beauty instead of working against it with extreme measures. For that reason alone, it’s a great option if you’re new to the world of facial rejuvenation.

Treatment Timeline: 

  • The treatment itself takes around 45 minutes.
  • Recovery can take up to 10 days in some cases, but this will only present as mild bruising.
  • Results can last more than two years, with 86% of patients reporting continued effects after 25 months. For beginners, we’d recommend 2 or 3 rounds of treatment in those first few months just to create a strong foundation for longer-lasting results.

Non-Surgical Facelift FAQs

What is the most popular alternative to facelift surgery? 

Dermal fillers are seeing a huge surge in popularity all over the world. In 2019, around 4.3 million treatments involved dermal fillers, which equates to just over 30% of all non-surgical treatments.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Get Anti-Ageing Treatments? 

There’s absolutely no age requirement for adults seeking treatment – and, for some treatments, starting sooner rather than later can be a big benefit when it comes to laying the right foundations for future treatments. The signs of ageing begin to take hold (albeit subtly) when we hit our mid-twenties, and more patients are seeking to start addressing their areas of concern earlier than you might think.

What are the risks?

Non invasive face lift treatments pose very few risks compared with surgical alternatives. While we will make sure you are aware of any risks specific to your treatment plan, cosmetic treatments carry a low risk of infection in the injection site. This risk is minimised when the clinic follows high standards for health and safety and ensures proper training in all techniques – something we take very seriously here at Look Lovely London.

How Much is a Non Surgical Facelift? 

You can see our full price list here, although it’s important to keep in mind that all prices depend on the scope of your treatment plan, and your desired results. For any specific requests about pricing and personalised treatment plan, feel free to get in touch with the team on 020 3900 2756 or email us.

I Tried Fat Dissolving at Look Lovely London With Before and After Photos

The weight to be ‘beautiful’ is heavier than ever with filters and ‘tweakments’ replacing selfies and face cream.

I’m not immune to these pressures but I typically try to enhance my outer appearance through inner conditioning, including regular exercise and a nutritious diet. But no matter what I ate or how much I exercised, regardless of the weight on the scales, I could never seem to budge a stubborn pocket of fat under my chin.

My double chin was most prominent, I found, in photos making me volunteer myself to take the picture instead of being in it and capturing memories.

It turns out ‘submental fat’, which is the correct terminology for double chin (sounds so much nicer, doesn’t it?), is actually pretty common.

After years of trying and failing to shift the fat, I decided to see what additional help was out there because, at this point, I wondered if my submental fat was hereditary and may never leave.

The good news is there are plenty of treatment options to help with the removal of stubborn fat including fat freezing, fat removal injections and skin tightening. But which one would be right for me?

After much research, fact-checking and review-cross referencing, I opted for the clinic Look Lovely London, which has been around for nearly 15 years and has treated stubborn fat removal for four years.

Owner and Director, Dr. Davina Wilson, has been working in general practice for 14 years and set up Look Lovely London in 2009.  She is also a clinical teacher in aesthetics and is one of the most respected cosmetic doctors in West London.

She is a member of the General Medical Council, The Royal College of GPs and Save Face which regulate patient safety in aesthetics and has carried out over 80,000 procedures with no complications to date. I thought, if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this right.

I hit ‘send’ on my inquiry email and the liaison team soon came back to me asking for photos of my chin for the practitioners to review. I was identified as a candidate and one week later I was sitting in the patient chair with Dr. Davina for my face-to-face assessment.

The Aqualyx Treatment

After a thorough examination and background check, Dr. Davina and I agreed that fat-dissolving injections, known by the brand name Aqualyx, would be the best treatment for my concerns.

The clinic recommended a cooling-off period so I was sent away and after a week of thought, I decided I was happy with the risks and felt comfortable with Dr. Davina and her level of expertise.

While fat dissolving has fewer treatment sessions than alternative treatments, the downtime is often more intense, taking up to eight weeks for the swelling to fully subside. Most people also need a course of two to three treatments so it’s worth saying now if you’re looking for a quick fix – this probably isn’t the treatment for you.

Positioned as the non-surgical alternative to liposuction, Aqualyx is made from several different plant-based compounds with the active component, deoxycholic acid found naturally occurring in the human body. It works to dissolve the membranes lining our fat cells, causing them to spill their slippery contents.

Once the fat cells become unstable, they break down and the body’s immune system then eliminates the fatty acids through excretion as waste over the course of one month, so drinking plenty of water is important!

Dr. Davina adds: “I think it’s a really safe treatment and, if done with the right clinic, results are fantastic. If you’ve been trying hard for years to clear an area of fat that you’re unhappy with then fat dissolving is a good treatment for you.  Be it a ‘double chin’, a slight bulge at the side of the jeans or a little bit of bra fat that can stop you from having photos from certain angles or from  wearing certain clothes, you don’t have to live with it.”

Who is Eligible for Aqualyx?

At Look Lovely London, there is a strict criteria patients need to meet to be eligible for the treatment. It’s stressed that this is not a weight loss fix but rather to treat a stubborn pocket of fat.

At 28 years old, I was deemed an “ideal candidate” as my stubborn fat was genetic and younger patients typically do well because they have better skin elasticity and are less likely to have excess, sagging skin under the chin.

Dr. Davina adds: “More often than not we do have to turn patients away when they’re not quite suitable”.

“If there are a lot of fatty areas it’s recommended to make healthy lifestyle changes first by going to the gym and improving your diet before coming in for the treatment. As a general rule of thumb, a person’s BMI should be under 28”.

“To assess the area, I take a detailed history and examine the area with the ‘pinch test’. If you can pinch the area and there’s about an inch of fat called adipose tissue, then you’re probably appropriate for the treatment”.

The Procedure

Dr. Davina uses a lipo cannula to inject the solution meaning there is only one needle prick meaning less pain and bruising.

A numbing agent is also mixed with the Aqualyx solution so a few seconds after you feel the initial sting from the needle, it subsides to what feels like a slight pressure on the chin.

 

I could feel a slight burning sensation building under my chin from where the solution was being injected but the whole procedure was over in a matter of minutes.

Pain-wise, I would equate it to getting laser hair removal – uncomfortable but completely tolerable. The numbing solution really does work.

The most uncomfortable part for me was sitting up for the first time and adjusting to the pillow of liquid underneath my chin. It also felt numb but heavy and remained like that for the next couple of days.

The swelling was immediately visible, like a low-hanging peach dangling off my face. This looked like the double chin of my nightmares, about three times the size of my chin only ten minutes earlier. It was like looking at myself as if I had instantly gained 20 kilograms in weight.

Dr. Davina pre-warned me about the swelling, saying: “You’re going to get instant swelling and you’re going to be swollen for about seven days. You will feel a little bit self-conscious about it”.

It’s nothing to worry about, explained Dr Davina: “We want you to have inflammation because that’s when the breakdown of the fat cells starts and gives you the results that you need”.

At least my treatment was working but I should have heeded the warnings.

All I wanted to do was go home and hide but I was booked for a park walk with a friend. Luckily, Dr. Davina graciously gave me a face mask to wear which helped to hide the amphibious-like gullet.

Aqualyx Before & After

The next day the swelling had intensified and as Dr Davina had predicted, I felt pretty self-conscious about it but I also took solace in the fact that it was working.

I had a friend’s wedding to attend in roughly six weeks which is why I decided to get the treatment in the first place – I was just praying the swelling would have at least subsided to pre-treatment levels by then.

Thanks to the lipo cannula, I had absolutely no bruising and only a tiny pinprick from the needle that disappeared after 48 hours.

For me, I felt for two weeks post-treatment, it looked obvious that my chin was swollen but luckily, I had cleared my social calendar and opted to work from home why the Aqualyx worked its magic.

By week three, my chin was finally at a size where I didn’t think it was noticeable to strangers and by week five, it was back to pre-treatment size and only continued to improve with each day. Towards the end of week six, I could clearly notice a reduction of fat around the chin area and when I lifted my chin, I could feel the skin was tighter.

I’m happy to say that I was ecstatic with the results on my friend’s wedding day, so much so that I didn’t think I would need three treatments (but still needed Dr. Davina’s opinion).

Back at Look Lovely London after eight weeks, it was staggering to compare the difference in the before and after photos. But there was still a small pocket of fat remaining and for optimal results, we decided to go with a second treatment.

The procedure went much the same as the first but this time, I was prepared for the swelling. To my surprise, the bulge was much smaller this time.

At the three-week mark, I felt like it was back to pre-treatment levels, as opposed to five weeks previously.

The Bottom Line

This treatment is a better price than more invasive options priced at £750 for three sessions. At £750, you can get three treatments of Aqualyx at Look Lovely London.

I love that it’s permanent and a naturally occurring compound already in the body. This means you can retain the natural shape of the face unlike other face contouring products like filler.

But it does leave a pretty big gap in your social calendar for the downtime and there is a set of criteria you need to meet meaning the treatment isn’t suited to everyone.

In terms of my experience, I couldn’t be happier with the results and treatment. My chin is exactly how I have always envisaged it – uniquely mine but without the added baggage.

 

Dr. Davina is an expert in her field and from the moment we met, she made a real effort to listen to my concerns and communicate clearly what my options were. It’s so important to do your research and feel totally at ease with your doctor.

Dr. Davina adds: “Sadly, there are a lot of unregulated, non-professionals offering this treatment and they’re injecting incorrectly and that can therefore lead to complications like nodule formation, pigmentation and even skin necrosis if it’s put in at the wrong level and the wrong place”.

If asked if I would do the treatment again if I had to, the answer would be 100% yes. Dr. Davina and her team are clearly experts when it comes to medical-grade skin treatments, particularly fat dissolving.

I’m happy to say that I now love getting my picture taken and capturing memories of my most confident self.

So, if you’re thinking about the treatment for yourself, take Dr. Davina’s advice and “Come and have a discussion with professionals that have had high training in the area and get it cleared”.  Look Lovely London is located at 4 Wellington Road, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 9SP and if you are interested in learning more about treatments, check out their website. You can book a consultation online or call 020 3900 2756.

Article written by: Georgia Anderson of The Luxe Bible

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.

Trap Tox

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.

Blog by: Dr Davina Wilson

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your Trap Tox 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. You can also read more about anti wrinkle injections here.

Why live with sun spots? Remove them with Cryopen

Why live with sun spots?

In my early 30’s I was partial to a bit of sun in Ibiza and Vegas, living the dream, and rarely using cream! However, in my late 30’s I started to notice some unsightly dark brown spots around my nose and on my central cheek area. The seemed to get darker over the summer months, and one spot was the size of a 5 pence piece! Even in the winter, with cover up you could still see them popping through my makeup towards the end of the day. After trying to conceal them with no avail I went to see my GP to find out what they were and what could be done. The GP simply reassured me they were called ‘sun spots’ or ‘liver spots’ – all benign, but permanent and not removable on the NHS. Benign meant not dangerous but I didn’t like the sound of circles of dark pigmentation on my face from a misspent decade in my 30’s.

 

I got some creams…..

I went down the usual route of over-the-counter pigmentation creams  which did absolutely nothing to the sun damaged spots. I started to get self-conscious about these 3 pesky patches on my face, and felt like people were looking at them when chatting to me. I then investigated further and decided to go for IPL to lift the patches and hopefully clear them.

Now I won’t bash IPL treatments –  as this light pulse laser treatment did wonders for my overall complexion. The treatment cleared redness and lightened my overall pigmentation but sadly the patches remained. I then went on to do a deep peel, and again the pigmentation cleared but the spots didn’t budge.

I was then at a loss of what to do, so I booked my appointment with Look Lovely London and saw Hannah who has been treating me for a decade.

 

It was time for professional help

Hannah gave me a detailed consultation and then proceeded to explain the best way to finally clear the 3 patches was to use the Cryopen. She explained this freezing pen would eradicate the spots within 2 weeks and leave me with clear, new skin underneath. I wish I had known about this treatment sooner! Basically, the Cryopen can clear anything unsightly on the face and body like moles, warts or even collections of vessels.

The treatment took 5 minutes and was almost painless. Hannah told me it was pressurised liquid nitrous oxide that destroyed the top layer of the dark skin to freeze off the pigmentation. No aesthetic was needed, and I left with just a tingle on the skin that cleared within 45 mins. The team told me the spots may get darker for 2 days and then slightly scab over and clear within 10 days. I was prepared for this and simply put a little cover up on the area after a day.

Within 10 days, they had vanished! I was absolutely delighted. I kicked myself for not researching this simple treatment sooner and having to live with them spots for 3 years before getting them cleared. Hannah advised me to look after my skin in the future wearing SPF 50 cream to prevent any further pigmentation and sun damage. Now being sensible and after my IPL and cryotherapy treatments, my skin is a clear as it was in my twenties!

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756 or email us.

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.

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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.