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.

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.

Why everyone loves Morpheus8

Morpheus8 – why do we love it and why is everyone talking about it!

 

The reasons we love this treatment are pretty simple.

Morpheus8 is an amazing treatment for face and body that helps treat the following concerns:

• Acne + acne scarring

• Saggy and loose skin (especially in the jowling area)

• Enlarged pores

• Fine lines + wrinkles

• Poor skin texture

• Uneven skin tone

 

What makes Morpheus8 so special?

It is the dream team combination of radiofrequency energy for skin tightening and microneedling for collagen stimulation that has made this treatment a firm favourite of the clinic.

 

What results have we seen in the last year?

The improvements in our patient’s skin after a course of Morpheus8 treatments has been mind blowing! To have a treatment that not only tightens the skin and contours the lower face, but also improves the condition and feel of the skin is incredible. It is the only treatment in the clinic that every single member of the team has had – and this is because it  really does cater to pretty much all concerns and needs. It is the best anti ageing treatment out there!

 

Morpheus8, HIFU Non Surgical Facelift, Dermal filler, Anti Wrinkle Injections –  what do I actually need?

Every patient is individual and needs a treatment plan that addresses their personal concerns and needs. We love that with Morpheus8 you can combine it with injectable treatments (2 weeks after your Morpheus8 treatment) We particularly love that our patients who are not wanting or ready to go down the injectable route just yet – Morpheus8 gives them natural, long lasting results.

It can be confusing with so many clinics and treatments out there all promising that you can turn the clock back 30 years. Firstly, there is no need for this to be the goal – and is totally unrealistic! We specialise in natural results that make you look like a refreshed version of yourself. You will always still look like you!  Your consultation is so important when choosing to have any treatment. This will ensure you feel comfortable, and have the opportunity to ask all the questions you can think of. This ensures you have the best treatment plan and realistic expectations about the treatment you are having. We’ve seen this successful patient journey so many times, and it fills us with so much joy and happiness when we see how much a treatment can change someone’s life and how they feel about themselves.

 

Would we recommend Morpheus8?

Of course! We love Morpheus8. As a clinic we only bring in treatments that we truly believe work. Whether your concern is jowling, wanting a snatched jawline, improving skin snap back, remodelling your skin texture, or just simply having a non surgical and nin injectable anti ageing treatment – Morpheus8 can target them all in one 45 minute appointment. What more do you need?

 

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

 

Not sure if this is the right treatment for you? If you would like a personalised treatment plan or advice, then please don’t hesitate to email us some clear pictures of the area you are looking to treat, and we will happily review for you.

Non Surgical Facelift (HIFU)

HIFU: the ultimate non-surgical face lift!

The quest for a way to look more youthful is never ending, one of the concerns I hear about the most is definitely regarding the lower face.  Sagging of the skin, the drooping of jowls, loss of definition in the jawline and cheekbones – to name but a few.  It can be very overwhelming (and sudden!) and feel like a surgical facelift is the only solution.

Fortunately, being part of such a tech savvy generation there are now many ways to reverse ageing, in a much more accessible, non-invasive and safer way than your standard surgical procedure.

What is HIFU & how does it work?

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound or HIFU, is a revolutionary non-invasive treatment that is quickly becoming one o the most popular options for those looking to improve their appearance and achieve a more youthful look. HIFU uses high-frequency sound waves to heat and cause trauma in a specific area of the face or body, making it a safe and effective option for addressing a variety of skin concerns.

One of the key benefits of HIFU is that it is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that there are no incisions or anaesthesia required. This makes it an ideal option for those who want to improve their appearance without the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures. Additionally, HIFU is a quick and easy treatment that can be completed in a single session, with minimal recovery time required.

Another benefit of HIFU is that the results can be long-lasting, with many people seeing visible improvement for several months or even years. It is an excellent alternative for those who are not ready for more invasive procedures such as a surgical facelift and want to maintain the result for a longer time.

Overall, HIFU is a safe and effective treatment that can help you achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance without the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures.

What to expect on the day of your HIFU treatment?

  1. Consultation: Before the treatment, you will have a consultation with one of our skilled practitioners to discuss your concerns and goals, and to ensure that HIFU is the right treatment option for you. They will also give you an idea of what to expect during and after the procedure.
  2. Preparing the skin: Your skin will be cleaned and prepared before the procedure. This will include the application of an ultrasound gel to the target areas to facilitate the transmission of ultrasonic energy.  Your practitioner will draw a map and numbers on your face of where and how deep the treatment will go depending on your own personal anatomy.
  3. The treatment: The HIFU machine is placed on the skin, a button Is pressed, making a slight zapping sound, you may feel a little heat during this where the machine is delivering focused ultrasonic energy to the specific area of the skin, where the tightening and rejuvenation is happening.
  4. This process is repeated as necessary based on your desired results and skin condition. Once the treatment is complete your skin with be cleansed of any excess gel, aftercare will then be applied to protect and moisturise the skin.
  5. The final step: Follow up with your practitioner for evaluation of the results, including any necessary maintenance treatments. This is usually 3 months post treatment.

How will HIFU help you and who is a suitable candidate?

HIFU is suitable for anyone looking for a non-invasive way to improve the appearance of ageing skin, including fine lines and wrinkles, without undergoing surgery. It is often recommended for people with mild to moderate skin laxity who want to achieve a more youthful and refreshed appearance. You can expect HIFU to help with anything from improving skin texture, firmness, facial contouring, enhancing skin elasticity, and help to reduce any fine lines. It is important to note that results will vary from person to person and may depend on factors such as skin type, the extent of skin damage and the number of treatments received.

What is the downtime and after care of HIFU?

The downtime of HIFU can vary slightly depending on the person, unlike a surgical facelift taking months to heal and a long list of aftercare to follow, HIFU can range from a few hours to a few days. Some common side effects include redness, slight swelling and mild discomfort in the treated area, but these usually resolve quickly. Patients are able to resume normal activities soon after the procedure but are advised to avoid strenuous activities and excessive heat exposure for a few days. It is important to follow the aftercare provided by the medical provider to minimize downtime and optimise results.

Hifu or Ultherapy?

Ultherapy and HIFU are essentially the same treatment, as they are both forms of focused ultrasound. Ultherapy however is the older technology, and we use the Ultraformer 3 which is the more modern device. Although Ultherapy does have ultrasound incorporated, this is essentially the only difference, and when seeing a skilled practitioner is not necessary. Our practitioners have  actually worked with both devices, and we chose Hifu as the sessions were less painful/uncomfortable and the treatment appointments took much less time.

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 book a free consultation online

Ready to book? Simply give us a call on 020 3900 2756, or book your Non Surgical facelift treatment online 

The Ultimate Guide to Fillers

Many of us are on the lookout for ways to keep our skin looking great, and ideally to rejuvenate those areas that suffer from unwanted signs of ageing.  

We are often our own harshest critics, and noticing the appearance of new wrinkles, sagging skin, or hollowness in the cheeks can be challenging to come to terms with. This is especially when we feel we have aged suddenly or prematurely thanks to external stresses and the demands of modern life.

While the market is brimming with miracle moisturisers and supposed skincare ‘secrets’, all too often, we are left disappointed by the results. 

Dermal fillers, on the other hand, offer a well-established opportunity for aesthetic renewal. Whether you’ve lost definition, gained one of two extra lines, or simply feel your face is lacking the youthful look you expect to see in the mirror each morning. 

Remember that ‘ageing gracefully’ does not have to mean giving genetics a free rein over your appearance. And rather than drastically altering or restructuring your looks, as you can get with more invasive procedures, dermal fillers merely replicate the collagen that begins to diminish as we pass our mid-twenties. This makes them an excellent treatment option for men and women looking for subtle, though highly effective, improvements.

So, if you’re wondering if this is the right anti-ageing treatment for you, read on to find out what dermal fillers really are – and how to find the right treatment for your face. 

Before Your Treatment

Whether it’s your first time looking for an anti-ageing treatment, or you’ve had a treatment before, there are a few things worth knowing ahead of your consultation.

What is in Dermal Filler?

Dermal fillers are growing ever more popular and, as a result, there is an incredibly wide range of injectable fillers for the face on the market today. 

If you’ve done some research, you may know they contain – calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, or PMMA, to achieve a smoother, plumper look in the face. 

But one of the most popular choices for many patients and doctors are hyaluronic acid injections.  

 

Hyaluronic Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, gel-like substance naturally produced and used throughout the body. However, it is most commonly found within your skin. 

While it plays many vital roles – such as promoting healing and keeping your connective tissue healthy. It’s also essential to aiding skin elasticity, and to encourage the body’s production of collagen. 

It’s the same ingredient used in our dermal filler injections, as it rejuvenates the face with moisture, and creates a smoother, firmer quality in the skin. 

Hyaluronic fillers are incredibly effective at correcting a range of skin ageing issues. From marionette and nasolabial lines, to tear troughs, acne scars, and lost definition around the lips. 

They are also biocompatible, which means a minimal chance of side effects. And it helps to keep skin hydrated and smooth, and encourages the body to produce collagen, and fight visible signs of ageing. 

 

What is the Difference Between Anti Wrinkle Injections and Fillers?

Anti wrinkle injections and fillers are both considered minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures and both are typically used to limit signs of ageing. But they offer very different results.

When anti wrinkle toxin is injected into the face, it limits the movement of the muscle in that particular area; ‘dynamic wrinkles’. These are wrinkles caused by certain facial expressions such as frowning or smiling and can be softened or reduced by temporarily stopping movement in those areas of the face. For this reason, anti wrinkle injections will not have any effect on the wrinkles caused by a natural ‘sagging’ or loss of plumpness in the lower face, or hollowing around the eyes. 

Dermal fillers work by replacing lost collagen — and, as a result, create a ‘plumper’, fuller look around the targeted areas of the face. They are perfect for smoothing the wrinkles that naturally form as your body’s own reserves of collagen are lost over time. 

Anti wrinkle injections typically last between three and six months, and dermal fillers can last as long as eighteen months, although this does depend on the individual. 

For both treatments, continued use can produce longer-lasting effects. Anti wrinkle toxin can gradually shrink the muscles it’s injected into preventing excessive pulling on the skin, and dermal fillers can encourage the body to produce collagen naturally.

 

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

For many men and women, skin ageing begins in their mid-twenties- the first areas to demonstrate age are typically the forehead, and around the eyes. ‘Motor lines’, caused by certain facial expressions, are a common occurrence as we leave our adolescent years behind. 

Several factors can impact the severity of wrinkles and the loss of plumpness and elasticity in the skin. Things like sun exposure, smoking, genetics and even the position we sleep in – all have ramifications for our appearance, mainly as we grow older. 

Some people add anti-ageing products into their skincare regime the day they hit twenty-five, others choose to invest in dermal fillers as they approach their 30’s. Dermal fillers are a great way to replace the collagen that is naturally lost with age, and encourage the body to continue producing it.  

And although many younger patients are turning to dermal fillers, they remain an excellent choice for those who are more mature, too. In fact, anyone who’d like to smooth unwanted lines and reintroduce a more youthful fullness into their face, without drastically altering their appearance, makes for a suitable candidate for dermal fillers. 

Of course, ageing is a unique process for all of us, and what each patient sees, and requires will differ significantly. Consulting with an experienced doctor will help you to pinpoint the specific areas that would benefit from a boost of collagen, and how the best results can be achieved for you. 

 

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

While dermal fillers are typically priced by the syringe, the exact cost will vary based on the product used, and where you are getting the procedure done.

We only use market-leading products for our dermal fillers. We will discuss the best course of treatment with you during your consultation. 

We offer our patients a bespoke service, and try not to price on a ‘one size fits all’ basis. If you’d like to receive a personalised quote, simply email us some pictures of the area you’d like to treat, and we will design the best treatment plan for you.

During Your Treatment

It’s entirely natural to feel a little apprehensive before (and during) your treatment. Many people dislike the thought of needles, while others worry that the fact they have ‘had work done’ will be too conspicuous. While these feelings are entirely normal, with the right practitioner, they always prove to be unfounded. 

Here’s a little more on what to expect when you arrive for your treatment, you can also read our first-timers guide for more information.

 

In What Areas Can Dermal Fillers Be Used?

Our age can become apparent in many different ways; 

  • A gradual loss of volume in the cheeks and eyes. 
  • Deepening lines along the forehead and nasolabial fold, (subtle creases around the mouth and nose).
  • Loss of definition along the jawline.

These are all, everyday experiences for men and women as they grow older. 

Since dermal fillers work by adding fullness from within, many of the effects of ageing can be improved by hyaluronic injections into the affected area. This will smooth the appearance of wrinkles and lines, hydrate the skin, and replace the collagen that has been naturally lost.

When you meet with your practitioner, they’ll be able to discuss treatment options with you. Take advantage of their experience, as they’ll be able to study your facial anatomy and find the right treatment plan for your features, and expectations.

Dermal Fillers treatment areas

Does it Hurt to Get Fillers in Your Face?

Dermal fillers are applied just beneath the skin with the use of a syringe. A good practitioner will take the extra time to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Numbing creams and ice packs can all be used before the fillers are applied to reduce any discomfort. 

Some patients do feel a small scratch, but hyaluronic fillers contain a small amount of local anaesthetic, making each subsequent injection much less noticeable. 

 

Are the Results Immediate?

Yes! Dermal Fillers can be a lunch-time  procedure, and results will be noticeable as soon as you leave the couch. While there may be a touch of swelling (particularly in the case of lip fillers), and a small amount of bruising the following day, you will be able to see the outcome as soon as the treatment has finished. 

 

After Your Treatment

Getting dermal fillers in London is incredibly straightforward, and as soon as your appointment has ended, you can go back to work, or home. 

In the days following your procedure, any redness, swelling or bruising will clear up, and you will be left feeling (and looking) refreshed and invigorated. 

 

Do Dermal Fillers Have Side Effects?

Aside from a little redness and swelling, it is doubtful that you’ll experience any side effects from dermal fillers. Any possible issues will be discussed with you before the treatment, but hyaluronic acid presents very minimal risks to your wellbeing if injected by an advanced highly trained practitioner. Your doctor will clearly go through the consent form prior to treatment to ensure you are happy with possible side effects and that your questions have all been answered. 

 

Your Two-Week Review

Take advantage of any free follow-up appointments offered by your practitioner. Here, you will be able to discuss the final result with your doctor, after any swelling or bruising has gone away. It will be a great opportunity to check-in on your progress, ask further questions, and ensure that your treatment has given you the best results possible.  

 

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

Hyaluronic injections are biodegradable, which means that they will eventually be absorbed by the body. Precisely how long they will last depends on several factors, such as the type of filler used, and the area being treated. 

Typically, dermal fillers last for between six and eighteen months before patients return for another treatment. Any subsequent injections can encourage the body to create its own collagen naturally. 

 

What Should You Look for in a Practitioner?

The anti-ageing industry is awash with practitioners, all of whom offer a wide range of treatments and procedures promising to transform the parts of our appearance that upset or displease us. 

An increasing number of people are opting to invest in anti-ageing treatments to get instant, long-lasting results, rather than relying on their at-home skincare routine alone.

The downside? More and more unskilled practitioners are offering their services to unsuspecting patients, who end up feeling disappointed — or, worse, mortified with the results. 

When it comes to your health and self-esteem, you should always invest a little extra time and research into finding the right practitioner for you. Consider these points before committing:

 

Check Their Credentials and Experience

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and it requires the same professionalism, attention and expertise as any other part of your body. Finding a clinic with an experienced, doctor-led practice will ensure that you are receiving the top level of care. 

 

Great Follow Up Care

One of the best indicators of a reputable practitioner is a high calibre of follow up care.

Not only does this demonstrate a strong dedication to each patient, but it will also show you which practices are committed to achieving the very best results. And ensure that their patients are given the time, support and attention that they need to feel confident in the procedures they are undergoing. 

Dermal filler treatments in London are currently unregulated, and anyone unqualified can order syringes off the internet and offer their services to customers. Put your trust in the right place by looking for a rigorously trained practitioner who can guarantee a high level of support, from your consultation to your post-procedure review.

 

Reliable Sourcing

The market has become saturated with a wide variety of anti-ageing products and equipment. While many companies operate to strict regulations and standards, unfortunately, there are cheap and poorly manufactured products that could potentially damage your skin and harm your health.

Never visit a practitioner who does not invest in the very best pharmaceuticals; that way, you can be sure that you are only ever on the receiving end of products that have been created following rigorous standards for safety and hygiene. 

 

Outstanding Results

Any practitioner worth their salt will have plenty of success stories to boast about, and taking a look at their Before and After gallery will give you an honest look into the ways their work takes shape. 

Look for practitioners who prize subtlety over excess, and who enhance the distinctive beauty of their patients, rather than altering it. Every face is unique, and recognising that requires a great deal of skill and finesse.

We’ve all seen examples of poor or, at times, dangerous work performed by unqualified practitioners and for some, this can work as a deterrent for seeking treatment. 

But client transformations needn’t be drastic. A practitioner dedicated to tailoring their approach to each and every patient they see will put you at ease and, most importantly, make sure that you are thrilled with the results of your treatment. 

 

A Loyal Clientele

A fantastic website or advertising campaign can undoubtedly draw a crowd, but a returning client base is the best testament to a practitioner’s value. 

Seeking anti-ageing treatments can be daunting for many first-timers; for others, fear or self-consciousness can cause them to delay their first consultation. But a loyal clientele is an excellent indicator of a competent and diligent practice. 

Not only does it provide plenty of insight into the quality of their work, but it also demonstrates their ability to dispel first-time nerves, and keep patients inspired to return for treatments. 

If you’re still not sure, read our six-point guide on how to choose the right aesthetics clinic.

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Whether you know what treatment you want, or have never undergone any anti-ageing treatments before, get in touch, and we’ll arrange a consultation at a time that suits 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.