The Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Rivalling Surgery in 2020

In the very early days of cosmetic treatments, those who wished to reverse the signs of ageing, or replenish lost elasticity within the skin, may have felt that the only way to achieve obvious results was to opt for a surgical procedure.

Now, however, the tables have turned, and there are many innovative non-surgical options that offer an alternative to long and potentially painful recoveries, unnecessary anaesthesia, hospital stays, and the high costs of surgery.

The best results are those that are subtle, yet palpable; they will work with your natural beauty, facial structure, and distinctive characteristics, and they will not leave you squinting into the mirror, searching for signs of improvement. You will see a change, and others will notice it without jumping to the conclusion that you have ‘had work done’.

More than ever before, patients are realising the benefits of working in ways that harmonise with the body, rather than putting it through the stress and strain of surgical procedures. For example, using gentle fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid, the main component found in human collagen, to give natural plumpness and hydrate the skin without downtime.

How Do Non-Invasive Cosmetic Treatments Work?

No two treatments work in the same way; we are able to utilise a wide array of technologies and treatments, which can be used to target particular areas of the face and body in different ways.

A number of treatments seek to enhance the body’s stores of collagen, which is naturally lost as we grow older. Some will reintroduce it into the secondary layers of skin, while others work to stimulate the body into replenishing its own stores naturally.

Here are just a few of the most successful skin tightening and revitalising treatments, anti-wrinkle treatments, and non-surgical facelift treatments of 2020 – and how they are able to compete with the world of invasive cosmetic surgery.

The HIFU Non-Surgical Facelift

HIFU, high intensity focused ultrasound, is a relatively new skin tightening technique that achieves astounding results as a non-surgical facelift for patients bothered by wrinkles, sagging, lost-elasticity, and definition around the face and neck.

Unlike a traditional, surgical facelift, HIFU does not require any cuts to be made into the skin; instead, it works by rapidly heating the layers of skin that sit beneath the surface of your face. In response, the cells begin to produce collagen and reverse the signs of ageing from within.

Initial results will be noticeable straight away, though further progress will occur in the months that follow and should last for up to eighteen months. While some patients opt for a second procedure with the HIFU device around three months after their first appointment, this is not necessary for everyone.

Any discomfort is minimal and does not require a local anaesthetic or numbing injection. Since no incisions are made, there will be no scarring or bandaging required.

HIFU Treatment Cost: £600 – £1200, depending on the area being treated.

HIFU Recovery Period: None.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical face treatments for men and women of all ages, and they can be used to reintroduce fullness, smooth out fine lines, and improve definition in every area of the face. The fillers themselves are able to mimic human collagen; they can be targeted towards specific areas and produce incredibly natural-looking results that do not shift or migrate away from the treatment area.

This is a wonderful choice for anyone looking to reintroduce a touch of plumpness into areas of the face that may have begun to take on a hollow or ‘sagging’ appearance.

Dermal fillers do dissolve over time but, depending on the area being treated, they can last for up to eighteen months before requiring a top-up procedure. What’s more, the use of dermal fillers can prompt the body to begin replenishing its own collagen, which can mean that you will see lasting improvement, even as the fillers begin to dissolve.

Dermal fillers can also be used in a ‘liquid rhinoplasty’ and can smooth out the nose’s profile to create a straighter profile, and lift the tip without creating any incisions, or damaging the cartilage in the process.

While any discomfort will be minor, you can have a numbing cream applied to the area a short while before the injections are made.

Dermal Fillers Cost: Typically between £300 – £785, depending on the amount of filler needed, and what areas of the face are being treated.

Dermal Fillers Recovery Period: 1-2 weeks for minor bruising.

Profhilo

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are well-recognised, and almost half of the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in your body is contained within the skin tissue, just beneath the upper layer. It is responsible for hydrating the skin and maintaining a firm, youthful, healthy appearance.

Some of the most popular facial creams and serums on the market today boast hyaluronic acid as a key ingredient. Whilst these creams claim to deliver hyaluronic acid into the skin the actual amounts reaching the important lower layers are negligible.

Profhilo involves injections to target five specific areas in the cheeks and chin area, offering an excellent way to deliver the goodness into the right layers of the skin. This moisturising injection will rejuvenate tired or sunken skin, improving texture, and restoring vitality to your face. You’ll be glowing 2 weeks after the treatment.

Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo will diffuse beneath the skin. This process will occur shortly after the procedure has been completed and will enable the benefits to be felt across a wider area. There will be a slight recovery time as the small ‘lumps’ caused by this diffusion dissipate, but this will typically disappear within 24 hours.

Profhilo Cost: £500 for two spaced four weeks apart.

Profhilo Recovery Time: 3 – 24 hours.

The PDO Thread Lift

The collagen that we begin to lose as we pass our mid-twenties is necessary for maintaining firmness and structure within the face. By the age of thirty, this change and loss of collagen will begin to be apparent with sagging and the appearance of jowls.  PDO thread lift offers a remarkable alternative to surgery and it can reposition structures back to the more youthful days, and boost collagen within the face.

Rather than making incisions into the skin, incredibly thin threads can be inserted just beneath the surface layer to create a fine, supportive ‘mesh’ that supports the skin’s natural elasticity. It will also encourage the skin to produce more collagen as a result, creating further support.

The threads can be placed in a number of different positions, depending on the results you would like to achieve. They dissolve after around six months, but the results remain for between one year and eighteen months.

PDO Thread Lift Cost: Typically between £350 – £850, depending on the area being treated.

PDO Thread Lift Recovery Time: A week to ten days, for bruising.

Aqualyx Fat Dissolving Injections

Despite the proliferation of innovative new facial treatments, many people are left wondering whether liposuction is the only effective treatment available to shift small ‘pockets’ of fat.

Aqualyx is a gentle, non-invasive alternative to liposuction, so avoids anaesthesia and a prolonged – and potentially painful – recovery time. These injections can be performed at the clinic within 20 minutes and may be used to dissolve pockets of fat in the thighs, abdomen, arms, and the chin area.

The primary ingredient in Aqualyx, deoxycholic acid, is a naturally occurring substance capable of dissolving fat membranes and prompting those stubborn areas to break down gradually. While it may require more treatments than a single liposuction procedure, typically up to 3 sessions it will also lead to tighter, firmer results than liposuction is able to offer.

Aqualyx Cost: For the chin, £350 for the initial session. For areas of the body, £450 for the initial session. Subsequent sessions are discounted.

Aqualyx Recovery Time: One week without strenuous activity as bruising/swelling eases, and three more weeks for a complete recovery.

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Anti-Wrinkle Injections

Injections involving the botulinum toxin are incredibly popular. They can be used to target many areas within the face and neck known to suffer the most from the visible signs of ageing. It works by blocking the signals to the muscles in the face to contract, therefore reducing the ‘tug’ on the skin. Your face will feel smoother and tighter with less fine lines appearing.

Results can last for up to six months and take one to two weeks to become apparent. You won’t wake up and have a completely smooth face, the results gradually develop over 14 days giving more natural changes. Some of the most bothersome areas, such as the delicate wrinkles around the eyes and strong lines in-between the eyebrows as well as ageing muscles in the neck  (platysmal bands) can be targeted in order to effectively ‘reverse’ the signs of ageing.

The procedure itself does not require any downtime, and you can return to work immediately after, although slight bruising may occur at the site of the injection.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections Cost: Between £175- 380 depending on the area being treated.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections Recovery Time: Minimal to no recovery time needed. The results are seen at 2 weeks.

How to Find the Right Clinic

There have been many incredible innovations within the world of non-surgical face treatments and skin-tightening procedures, with revolutionary new techniques and technologies offering natural and safe results for patients.

This is fantastic news for anyone seeking an alternative to surgery, but it also means that doing your due diligence, and avoiding practitioners who have invested in the equipment – but not the extensive training necessary for producing the best results – is more important than ever before.

The right clinic for you will be one that is backed by years of experience and training, excellent results, and a great track record in performing procedures without complications.

Our practice is owned and led by Dr. Davina Wilson, who is highly respected within the fields of medicine and cosmetic treatments. With over 10,000 successful procedures to date and a strong dedication to advanced practices and training at the clinic, patients can feel confident that their visit will leave them feeling happy, healthy, and with glowing skin.

 

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. And while skin ageing is entirely natural in-and-of-itself, 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 is unique in its ability to ‘penetrate’ the superficial layers of the skin without the use of needles or surgery. And to create 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, lower-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. 

 

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. 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 process of ageing 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 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 without every 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 either mild or 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 more tightness, elasticity and contouring in the face and neck. 

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 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 anaesthesia, and will generally 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 HIFU facelift typically takes under an hour to complete, and no anaesthesia is necessary. 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 expect to see minor side effects. Rarely bruising and swelling are seen and will typically subside around two weeks into your recovery. The full effects of the facelift typically take up 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 skin tightening treatments 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, lower-cost alternative to surgery, with a major price difference having far less of an impact on your purse. 

 

Risks to Consider

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 a-symmetrical 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.

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. 

 

Does HIFU Damage the Skin Over Time?

We mentioned that 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.

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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 technology 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.

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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 or email 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. 

Find Out The Secret Treatment To Reducing The Appearance of Jowls That Celebrities Don’t Want You To Know…

If you’re unhappy with your skin looking tired and older than you’d like, then we recommend our non-surgical facelift; the only non-invasive treatment that lifts and tightens your skin, without any downtime!

One of the most common signs of ageing that can really impact a person’s confidence is sagging jowls. This is the sagging skin that begins to form along your jawline which is caused by a loss of facial volume over time.

A non-surgical facial provides instant results and is one of the most effective treatments for jowel removal without surgery.

What To Expect From A Non-Surgical Treatment For Sagging Jowels

Before treatment you will need to come in for a consultation, where your skin will be assessed and you will be able to discuss your concerns.

Our Master Aesthetician, Christal, will carry out the non-surgical facial treatment. Christal will begin by prepping the skin and applying an ultrasound gel to the jowel area.

It is the ultrasound that works to stimulate collagen production in the treated area, giving your skin a more youthful and tightened appearance.

Will I Feel Any Pain Or Discomfort?

The high-intensity focused ultrasound used for this procedure focuses on the intended area to deposit high levels of energy in order to stimulate collagen production in the deeper levels of skin. You will feel the ultrasound working, but this shouldn’t cause any pain, just perhaps some mild discomfort.

What Happens After The Treatment?

Christal will go through what to expect over the few days following your appointment. There is no downtime with a non-surgical facial so any recommended aftercare will be minimal.

Your skin may look a little flushed straight after treatment and appear slightly puffy, but this will not last long and you will be able to carry on with your day as soon as treatment is finished.

If you would like further information give us a call on 0203 199 8245 and we will be happy answer your questions and provide any advice you need.

The Dreaded Jowls… What You Can Do About Them

The dreaded jowls: they creep up on most people at some point, and they can have a devastating effect on our self confidence. But what can you do about them?

Most people aren’t interested in (or can’t afford to have) facelift surgery to reverse the appearance of jowls. Luckily, there is a far more cost-effective option available: dermal fillers for jowls.

Why do we get jowls?

As we age, our skin naturally becomes less elastic and gets thinner. Natural proteins called collagen and elastin keep our skin firm and smooth, but as we age these proteins start to decrease.

Towards most people’s late thirties or early forties, gravity starts to take its toll and jowls can start to appear. The onset of jowls can have an ageing effect on your face and a negative impact on your confidence.

Another cause of sagging facial skin is significant weight loss. If you have lost a lot of weight, your facial skin may be left looking saggy and lacklustre.

Which is a great shame when you’ve worked so hard to get back down to a healthy weight.

Do dermal fillers work on jowls?

Yes, absolutely. Dermal fillers are a great way to replace the collagen that your skin has lost and restore plumper, more youthful skin.

The treatment is gently injected into the affected area and its natural antioxidants and hydrating qualities provide instantly smoother skin.

And the best part about dermal fillers is that they can be delivered in next to no time, meaning you can get straight back to living your life and enjoying compliments on your refreshed appearance.

The effects of dermal fillers are just noticeable enough, so you’ll enjoy all the flattery with none of the raised eyebrows and awkward questions that a facelift can attract!

Dermal fillers for jowls: before and after

When you arrive for dermal filler treatment on jowls, you’ll probably be feeling a bit flat and very fed up. Looking older than you feel can have a massive impact on your daily confidence.

But after professional dermal filler treatment, you’ll have a fresh spring in your step and a more youthful appearance.

Don’t just take it from us: visit our ‘Client transformations’ page, so you can see the results that our treatments have delivered for our clients, along with their feedback on our service.

How long do dermal fillers last?

Dermal fillers to reverse the appearance of jowls can last for up to 12 months. The results of dermal fillers are instant, but you’ll see the full effects after approximately 10 days as they continue to work their magic.

Are there side effects to dermal fillers?

Some people experience a little swelling and redness, but these side effects only last for around 10 minutes so you can get straight back to your daily schedule.

Bruising after dermal fillers is extremely rare, but in the unlikely event that you do experience a touch of bruising, it can be easily covered with concealer.

Overall, dermal fillers are very safe and reliable and leave no side effects, providing you choose an experience consultant to deliver your treatment.

Will I need pain relief for dermal fillers?

We can’t speak for every clinic but certainly at Look Lovely London, we work hard to administer dermal fillers as gently as possible.

Dermal fillers contain local anaesthetic so you’re unlikely to experience any pain at all. If you’re worried about feeling the needle going in, we can apply a numbing cream to the area.

Following treatment, we can also provide you with an ice pack to apply to the area if you’re worried about redness or swelling.

Dermal filler consultation

If you’re interested in getting dermal fillers for jowls or want to know more about the procedure, you can book a consultation with Look Lovely London to talk about your options.

We’re friendly, professional and complete experts when it comes to rejuvenating our clients’ looks.

Our doctor-led anti-ageing clinic is your one-stop shop for efficient treatments which deliver fantastic results. In fact, 96% of our dermal filler clients return for more treatment.

Call us today on 0203 199 8236 or and get on the road to a more youthful appearance.

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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.

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