With so much choice in the aesthetic world, where do you start?
Welcome to the Look Lovely guide – how to choose the right clinic and practitioner. A 6-point checklist on where to go for your cosmetic treatments and who to trust.
1. Does the doctor work in a clinic?
It’s important that you chose a well-established clinic for your cosmetic treatment.
Doctors who work out of rental rooms cannot guarantee good follow-up care and continuity of care for future treatments. Often these doctors are transient and therefore you can’t be sure if you’ll be cared for by the same practitioner, which leads to varied and potentially disappointing results.
Our doctors have been with the clinic for years and provide excellent after treatment care. Our loyal customers come back to us time and time again. We know each patient’s need and they get tailored treatments, which will give the best results.
2. What are the premises like?
Patients need a calm, peaceful, clean and safe environment for their treatment.
Practitioners who are new to the industry or not established may rent back rooms or work in multi-functioning clinics which can be busy and not patient centred for cosmetic treatments.
Our clinic has been designed for you – Look Lovely London has an elegant, well run, peaceful and discrete clinic in the heart of St John’s wood. We have parking space for our clients which is rare for central London clinics. We provide a relaxing environment where our clients can escape from their hectic lives and enjoy their treatment.
3. How much experience does the Doctor have?
Many doctors carry out complex aesthetic procedures ‘on the side’ to their main job to supplement their income.
This means their experience can be limited as they don’t see the volume of patients needed to advance and learn. The treatments can also be unsafe with disappointing results.
Dr Davina Wilson has been practising for over a decade and has completed over 10,000 procedures without complication’ to-date. She’s trained in advance cosmetics and teaches other doctors and nurses. All our doctors at Look Lovely London are on the GMC register, have regular appraisals – and are fully insured.
4. Do the clinic and doctors know what to do in an emergency?
Most cosmetic procedures are safe – however, if administered wrongly, dermal fillers can cause artery blockage and necrosis of the skin, (when skin cells are starved of oxygen and get damaged).
If the person carrying out the treatment doesn’t act quickly – this can lead to permanent damage. Complications can happen to any doctor, but the crucial point is knowing that if something did go wrong, your doctor knows what to do in an emergency and acts quickly.
If the treatment is being done in a beauty salon or if a doctor is working out of a rental room, they may not have the necessary equipment to be able to deal with an incident.
Always ask a doctor or clinic they have emergency equipment available if needed. Having the knowledge and products to reverse this treatment is essential.
Hyalase is a prescription-only product that can be injected into the filler to dissolve it – however, this is a prescription-only, therefore only a doctor can obtain it.
If you have treatment in a salon where the injector cannot prescribe this product and does not know how to inject it then major problems can occur.
Our doctors have regular anatomy training, we have emergency equipment in the clinic and know exactly what to do in an emergency. We’ve carried out 10,000 procedures to date – with no complications and have a clear protocol if difficulties are encountered. We can say with confidence that our patients are in safe hands.
5. What is the follow-up care?
When booking a procedure, it’s wise to ask about the follow-up care.
- Can the clinic be contacted out of hours in an emergency?
- Is the team available post-procedure to offer advice if bruising or swelling occurs?
- Does the clinic offer a 2-week review to make sure you’re happy with the same doctor who administers the treatment?
Post-treatment care is a fundamental part of what we do – the team is always available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you have. The doctors ae happy to review you at the 2-week mark and if needed to offer further advice or treatment free of charge.
Your health and wellbeing is our priority. You can email, WhatsApp or call us anytime – we’re here to help.
6. How important are prices?
We all have budgets and balancing the budget with high-quality care and outstanding results can be difficult.
Be wary of clinics offering special offers and discounted treatments – this is this against General Medical Council Guidelines and cheap treatments/products can lead to unsatisfactory results. As the old saying goes, ‘You get what you pay for’ – this is true with cosmetic treatments. A cheap price often means the products could be a poorer quality and cheaper to purchase.
There are lots of products being produced in Asia which have not had thorough clinical trials carried to test long-term safety. Heavily discounted prices could also reflect the injectors experience.
Practitioners with less experience or who are just starting out will tend it offer an attractive price. Be careful of the compromise that may come with the lower price – you could be playing Russian roulette with your face.
When looking at the price of the treatments, consider your overall experience and what the results will be like.
- Were your questions answered satisfactorily before the treatment?
- Was the treatment carried out in a clean and suitable location?
- Are you confident in the injectors experience and their safety record?
Our prices reflect the overall service you will receive. The products we purchase are from well-known pharmaceutical companies and we only offer leading brands in the industry with proven safety through hundreds of clinical trials.
We don’t cut corners offering newer cheaper products to improve our profit margins. All of our devices are brand-new and FDA approved and our aesthetician has been highly trained by the manufacturers of these devices.
If you are ready to start your cosmetic journey and want to be in safe hands then our clinic is the right place for you.
You can book a treatment by clicking HERE – or speak to the team on 0203 199 8245