Global shortage of anti wrinkle injections

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.

Feeling the burn! The retinol burn that is…….

This is the one blog I didn’t think I’d be writing – and is somewhat embarrassing for someone who works in an Aesthetic Clinic and uses medical-grade skincare creams at home.

Today I am writing this having only just recovered from my flakey face due to a retinol burn. There’s still a bit of a ‘situation’ on my neck (of which I don’t even remember putting it on there!) but hey, the worst is over. It’s been an emotional and impossible situation to run away from!

If you’re thinking about using a retinol cream, ensure you have a full skin consultation with a skincare specialist beforehand. This will make sure you keep your skin safe and healthy.

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What does retinol burn look like?

My journey into face dandruff started about 10 days ago – after I saw a big write up on a certain retinol product, that began trending online. I hadn’t used it before and thought I’d give it a go. Everyone raves about retinol as it encourages faster skin cell turnover which means dead skin cells are removed quicker.

Dermatologists recommend we should all be using retinol as part of our skincare routine as soon as we hit 30. It’s a vitamin A cream that stimulates the skin cells to help repair them, boosting collagen. This means:

  • Less fine lines
  • No more crepey skin
  • Clearing of pigmentation
  • Less acne

It also refines your pores and gives your skin a baby soft feel and a wonderful glow. I mean what’s not to love! I was keen to get started again, as winter is the best time to use retinol.

Sensitive skin and irritation

Some of the main symptoms of retinol burn include:

  • Dry skin
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Painful irritation
  • Redness
  • Flaky skin

First night – I applied it somewhat sparingly and didn’t notice a thing. I just made it part of my overall skincare regime. The next 2 evenings – I repeated the process of applying retinol to my skin. Let’s just say the third time around things didn’t go quite to plan as I noticed a little tingling – but thought nothing of it. The sinister side of me likes to feel that something is working, so this didn’t panic me.

Queue the next morning – to say that my skin was feeling a little tighter is an understatement. If you can imagine plastering your face in egg whites and then letting it dry you’ll get an understanding of what happened. I wasn’t quite sure what had happened to my skin overnight (as an experienced user!) but with the application of any product (excluding my SPF) – there was burning, stinging…. and then all overall tingling! It wasn’t pleasurable. My skin wasn’t red or visibly inflamed – it just felt tight and mildly on fire.

Retinol irritation

The next day the dryness kicked in. This is where I abandoned consulting google and ran back to the clinic team for some sound advice. To my disbelief, I was experiencing what is called retinol burn. Retinol burn occurs after you use skin care products that introduce your skin to high amounts of retinol.

Retinol burn typically occurs within 24 hours. I knew I had been naughty as Melissa told me clearly when I first started, to go slow – twice a week at most and gradually build up my skin tolerance. However, in the world of instant gratification (as my skin had been fine in the past) I kicked off nightly.

How to treat retinol burn

So now with a diagnosis, my immediate thought was how to treat retinol burn. I was prepared to invest in whatever product was going to help me. Do I ride it out? Lather it in products? Put on a face mask? Exfoliate like a nutter?

The advice was to do nothing apart from splashing it with cold water. I just didn’t know what to do and felt a bit helpless. I had read that perhaps buffering it with moisturiser would have prevented it – but it was all a little too late! It was time to step away from the retinol routine until my skin calmed down.

It’s advised to do nothing but keep a very simple skincare routine to further prevent retinol burn or skin inflammation.

How long does retinol burn last?

Most sources claim it can take a week to normalise and it will usually clear up on its own and believe it or not, this can be a perfectly normal side effect.

So here we are 6 days later. After going back to basics, my skin has recovered (and looking better than ever) but the memory haunts me. The lesson to be learnt here is if you begin using retinol products– start slow.

How to avoid retinol burn

Retinols are fabulous products, but you need to attend a skin clinic for a full skin assessment to ensure you don’t suffer an allergic reaction. Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap one online, you need a thorough skin assessment to work out which concentration of retinol and composition is best for you.

Retinols and prescription retinoids vary in ingredients – some act as skin brighteners, some as skin tighteners. If you are investing in retinol, purchase the right one for you. Secondly, be guided by your skin specialist about how to start the creams and continue to use them.

Always invest in decent medical-grade retinol, as the method of delivery of the key ingredients into the skin, is so much more effective if clinically tested – rather than poor quality retinol that often only deliver about 15% of the good stuff to your skin. Medical grade retinol delivers around 80% of the key ingredients to the skin. So you can start off with a lower percentage cream and still get very powerful results (as experienced with my burn).

**UPDATE: as this goes live – I am now back using retinol! Hooray! **

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My Sculptra® Experience at Look Lovely London

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.

The treatment

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!

Interested in this amazing treatment?  Here are all the details.

Profhilo – Does it actually work?

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.

Getting Advice

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.

Is Profhilo right for you? Why not book a consultation with us and see!

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

Introducing Sculptra – a revolutionary new treatment!

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.

how-sculptra-works

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 28th June and have a waiting list. If you’d like more information about this treatment, or to make an advance booking please get in touch.

Staying on top of training to deliver the best service for our patients

Staying on top of training to deliver the best service for our patients

Giving you the best service and offering the latest treatments is our top priority, and that means we work hard to stay on top of our training. Our industry is unfortunately very poorly regulated, which leads to many non-healthcare professionals offering potentially dangerous injections and treatments. As an experienced doctor, I feel excellent training is paramount.

It’s important to ensure that people who are injecting and caring for patients have high-quality teaching and hands-on skills before offering treatments to patients. Therefore, I’m actively involved in training health care professionals at a dedicated training organisation Interface Aesthetics – one of only a handful of approved training providers offering education in all aspects of advanced injectables. We cover extensive anatomy training to ensure all injections are safe and then provide hands-on injecting experience mentoring trainees in safe techniques to offer the best results.

Being a clinic owner and a practitioner myself, my values are fully aligned with Interface Aesthetics’. We believe in providing high-quality injectable training, whilst campaigning for higher standards, better regulation in the industry and improving public awareness on how to select safe practitioners and clinics. Here’s a quick video showing what a typical training day looks like.

I love teaching and I’m so proud to have the opportunity to teach young professionals going into the industry. With 11 years (and counting!) of experience in injectables, I can offer guidance and support to help shape their careers in this exciting industry and make sure their foundation training is the best it can be. And the hard work that the team have put in is already being recognised. We’ve been nominated as a finalist for the ‘Best Independent training provider’ in 2021 after just 18 months of us offering formal training programmes. Something else that I’m exceptionally proud of!

I run training days alongside my regular clinics. This means I can constantly refresh our team’s training and make sure they’re following the most up-to-date procedures in injectables and are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to offer safe treatments and the best results for you. We learn how to act quickly and what to do if, in the unlikely event that something does go wrong.

Complications rates are very low if you visit a reputable clinic, but they can still occur. If something happened to you, you’d want to know you are in safe and calming hands to rectify the issue quickly and ensure no long-lasting changes remain. It’s always important to ask what type of training your injector has, to ensure they look after your precious face.

If you’d like to know more about our training, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’d be delighted to provide more information.

The Ultimate Guide To HIFU Facelifts

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

Over the past decade, the HIFU facelift has become extremely popular for its ability to achieve natural-looking anti-ageing results in the face, jawline and neck. It is hailed as offering a non-invasive, non-surgical facelift to those who seek to revitalise loose or sagging skin without the need to take drastic measures.

HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) is unique in its ability to ‘penetrate’ the superficial layers of the skin without the use of needles or surgery. It creates impressive results by merely stimulating the body to work on rebuilding its own structural support.

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

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What is a HIFU Facelift?

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

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

The natural ageing process starts in our twenties, as the skin becomes less saturated with these proteins. Eventually, we will begin to notice a loss of volume, particularly around the eyes and cheeks, and ‘loose’ or sagging skin. For many people, the jawline will start to appear less defined, which can cause jowls to appear, or lead to new pockets of fat forming under the chin.

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

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

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

Who is a suitable candidate?

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

As such, it has proven an incredibly popular procedure among patients aged 30+ who wish to achieve firmer skin, elasticity and contouring in the face and neck as the natural ageing process takes place. This nonsurgical skin tightening procedure is ideal for fine lines and skin lifting and encourages overall facial rejuvenation.

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

The differences between HIFU and a Surgical Facelift

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

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

Surgical Facelift Procedure

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

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

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

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

HOFI non surgical facelift treatment

 HIFU Non Surgical Facelift Procedure

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

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

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

The long term results

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

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

HIFU nonsurgical skin tightening procedures do not offer such long term results. A single session should be expected to last for between twelve and eighteen months. However, they do provide a lower-risk and cost alternative to surgery, with a major price difference having far less of an impact on your purse. In addition to this, the noninvasive skin tightening procedure provides much more natural results than a traditional surgical facelift.

Risks to consider

Surgical Facelifts

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

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

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

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

Non Surgical Facelifts

The HIFU facelift, on the other hand, aims to ‘reverse’ signs of ageing encouraging the body to restore its own natural structural support. Which circumvents the risks of patients experiencing a drastic change to their appearance. What’s more, the procedure itself is very safe and doesn’t carry the same risks of anaesthesia, bleeding and infection as surgery. Patients may experience a slight tingling sensation during the procedure, with mild redness directly after, but the mild side-effects subsides over a short period of time.

Does HIFU damage the skin over time?

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

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

How much does a HIFU treatment cost?

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

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

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

  • Full Face and Neck with 12 week repeat top up treatment £1,200
  • Go Cardless – an initial deposit of £500 and then 4 monthly payments of £175
  • Neck, Jaw and Chin with a 12 week repeat top up treatment £650
  • Eyes or per-oral area including a 12 week repeat top up treatment £550

What to look for in a good practitioner

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

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

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

Ultraforma HIFU treatment

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

Are you happy with their before/after photos?

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

Do they offer the latest technology?

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

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

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

Ultraforma high intensity ultrasound

How good is their follow-up care?

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

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

Did you feel heard at your consultation?

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

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

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

Are they experienced?

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

Get in touch

If your mind is made up and you’d like to book a consultation, you can call us on 0203 900 2756 to arrange. We can also discuss other options, and if a HIFU facelift is the best treatment for you. 

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

WINTER IS COMING….SO IS THE HYDRAFACIAL

 

Winter Skin Care Treatments

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

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

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

The Hydrafacial.

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

It’s the UK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hydrafacial London

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

The first step was so relaxing. 

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

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

“It’s 6 facials rolled into one.”

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

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

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

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

This stage felt absolutely wonderful!!  

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

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

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

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

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

So there we go. 

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

You owe it to yourself. 

Yours Truly,

Look Lovely London’s Mystery Client 

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

Individual Hydrafacial treatments cost £135 each

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Discover The Best Way To Refresh Your Face Without Any Surgery

We have an exciting new tailor-made treatment available here at Look Lovely London!

Our Custom Medical Facial is tailored to suit your individual skin, so you can make the most of your treatment and benefit from both improved appearance and confidence.

If you have noticed the appearance and condition of your skin diminish over the years then it might be time to take advantage of our custom medical facial. This highly specialised facial is perfect for reducing the signs of ageing and providing you with that glowing skin you’ve been missing.

What Does A Custom Medical Facial Involve?

Medical facial treatments include cleansing, exfoliating, extracting and moisturising the skin.

Our qualified Aesthetician, will give you a detailed skin assessment in order to identify any specific issues and evaluate the overall condition of your skin. Once assessed, you will undergo treatments, using award-winning products, which are tailored for you.

Some treatments may involve the use of specialised equipment and the process is more concentrated than standard salon facials.

What Medical Facial Treatments Are There?

There are three variations of treatments to choose from and treatment times vary from 30-90 minutes depending on whether you select an express, custom or deluxe facial. You can also choose a Mesotherapy Facial or Red Carpet Facial.

How Much Does A Medical Facial Cost?

The cost of custom medical facials varies. Prices depend on whether you choose an express, custom or deluxe facial and the products which are used during the facial.

What’s The Difference Between A Medical Facial Vs Spa Facial?

Our custom medical facials aim to be more specific to your individual skin’s needs than a spa facial which you get at a salon. Our team specialise in skin care and are able to map your skin in order to identify the best products and treatments for you.

While we aim to offer a relaxing and enjoyable experience, we also provide expert advice and a doctor led clinic, so you can rest assured you are in good hands!

Call our friendly team on 020 3199 8245 who will be happy to begin discussions with you.

Discover How You Can Get Smoother More Radiant Looking Skin With This Quick Treatment

If the condition of your skin is getting you down why not try our skin booster treatment package? This clinically proven treatment not only reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also improves the overall condition of the skin.

At Look Lovely London we use Restylane Skinboosters which are clinically proven to offer improvements to the condition of your skin, making you look healthier and more youthful. This treatment is perfect for use on younger skin in order to banish the first signs of ageing while improving the skins overall appearance.

Our skin booster treatments are quick and easy, leaving you with skin that is smoothed from the inside out in just minutes!

How Do Restylane Skinboosters Work?

Restylane Skinboosters work by increasing elasticity, improving roughness and reducing the appearance of fine lines and other imperfections such as acne scars.

Skinbooster treatment involves a course of three hydrating microinjections which leave you with radiant skin that looks and feels refreshed.

The treatment works by pulling in water to the treated area, hydrating the skin from within.

Skinboosters also include antioxidant qualities which instantly smooth the skin, improving the skins surface and overall appearance.

How Much Do Skinboosters Cost?

We currently have a special offer on the Restylane Skinbooster package, especially for the summer!

The set of three Skinbooster injections are now available for £499. This exclusive offer is only available until the 30th September 2017, so make sure you book soon!

How Quickly Will I See Results and How Long Will They Last?

The Skinbooster package consists of a set of three injections, 2-3 weeks apart. Final results will not be visible until the full course of treatment is completed, however you should notice an immediate improvement to the skin after each session.

The overall result will last between 6-12 months.

Are There Any Side Effects to Using Restylane Skinboosters?

Common side effects include swelling, redness and possibly some slight bruising around the treated area.

If you are concerned about potential side effects, or would like more information, feel free to contact us on 020 3199 8245 and we will happily answer any questions you have.

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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.