I once had a friend who described the first impression I make when entering a room as “here comes Melissa’s lips”. I have stuck with that over the years as I think there are few things that make a bolder statement than a fabulous set of freshly plumped lips. I know you natural beauty fans are cringing. But, honestly I don’t believe that genuine natural beauty exists in anyone over the age of 12. Now put down your torches and pitchforks anyone can be beautiful, but let’s not delude ourselves. At 46 I need all the help I can get! As we age lips get thinner and all that lovely collagen we took for granted in our 20’s has done a runner. I, being a big fan of white coats and needles am quite happy to get regular fillers in my race with Father Time. I am referring to time with a male pronoun not because I am being patriarchal, but because surely only a man would have the audacity to steal your collagen and impose the menopause on you in one swoop.
But, I know that many of you are looking for a less invasive way of giving the old girl a bit of a boost. There are some genuinely ingenious ways of getting that pout just right. I was invited to the multiple award winning clinic Juvea Aesthetics to have a treatment called “Perk” Lips. This treatment is from the company that brought us the Rolls Royce of facials, Hydrafacial. Perk is literally a lunchtime lip boost. Performed by the gorgeous and amazingly talented El If Ay I was in great hands.
Perk involves putting a tingly minty serum over your lips and using what I can only describe as a mini hoover over your lips. It exfoliates as well so it leaves you with a gorgeous pillowy finish that is perfect if you want to test drive some super lush lips before committing to more invasive treatments. You take home the peppermint oil and peony extract that lightly plump your pout. So, you can give your lips a little boost anytime. This little roller ball of freshness is now a staple in my handbag.
The Perk Lips is an amazing treatment for anyone, but particularly if you are considering lip fillers. Perk will give you a little preview of what you would look like with fuller lips.
There are a whole list of Perk treatments that can be done over a lunchtime without any downtime and the only side effect is fabulousness!
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So, if someone told you they could make the skin on your face and neck instantly look younger by sticking hundreds of needles in it what would you think? A bit scary right? Well, when that person is the amazing Milena Lazarova of Dr Joney De Souza Skin and Laser Clinic, what you actually say is wh at time should I be there?
Dr Joney De Souza’s clinic in the heart of Harley Street has become one of my favourite clinics. Whether I am there to see Dr Joney for a bit of needle artistry or the always gorgeous Milena Lazarova I am never disappointed.
Micro-needling with the Dermapen or Goldpen has recently become the hot treatment of choice amongst celebrities. The treatment involves using a device with tiny needles on the end of the pen that make the smallest of punctures in the skin. This process relies on the skins natural ability to repair itself. So, these tiny injuries to the skin stimulate collagen growth, reducing the size of your pores and instantly giving you smoother looking and feeling skin.
When a treatment involves needles one would automatically assume there will be an element of pain involved. But, with the pen in the expert hands of Milena it was more relaxing than anything else. The “needling” felt a bit like a soft cactus being run over my face. Even in the most sensitive parts of my face near my eyes I experienced no pain.
The great thing about the Dermapen treatment is that it can be repeated every couple of weeks for maximum results. But, as a boost for the skin now and then it is certainly a beautiful treat. The results following the treatment were instant. My skin was glowing when I left the clinic and in the days following my make-up went on like pure silk.
The Dermapen/Goldpen is a very versatile treatment that not only works for anti-ageing, but also can be used for scar correction, stretch marks, blemishes and is even used to promote hair growth for those suffering from thinning.
The results of my treatment were so dramatic that it was recently featured in Woman magazine.
*Like all aesthetic treatments micro-needling should only be performed by trained practitioners.
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I’ve heard people talk about something called sleep. I believe it’s something I used to do before children and the weight of the world got the better of me. I try my best with make-up and what can only be described as industrial grade concealer to hide the stress and lack of sleep that has taken residence under my eyes. With bags big enough to hold all my luggage and dark circles that would be the envy of most raccoons there is only so much a mere cosmetic can be expected to do. I have tried all the light reflecting magic, miracle potions out there and don’t get me wrong they can make a difference up to a point. But, the 24/7 hustle of being a working mum who’s building a brand, writing as well as 9 to 5’ing takes a toll.
I am obviously very open minded when it comes to aesthetics and plastics. So, when I learned about the use of fillers to treat Tear Troughs, the area around the eyes, I was more than intrigued. Now, don’t get me wrong the idea of having a filler, in this case Teosyal injected into the eye socket sounds a bit frightening. However, I was incredibly lucky to have had a Teoxane Trainer carrying out my treatment.
Dr Linea Strachan is trained dentist, but has been doing aesthetics for nearly 10 years. She is the clinical director of A&L Clinics, which is one of the best and busiest cosmetic clinics in Suffolk. Luckily for me she has recently started running a clinic from Harley Street. She is the teacher for intermediate and advanced filler techniques for Teoxane UK. Dr Strachan is an award winning practitioner having won in two categories in facial aesthetics in the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2016.
I met Dr Strachan in Harley Street on the day of the treatment. As a rule of thumb people will often tell you that the best way to judge someone’s aesthetic skill is by looking at them. Well Dr Strachan is certainly an amazing advert for her work. She is as brilliant as she is stunning. Following in intensive consultation and taking a set of before photos she explained that she would be using a new bit of technology for the treatment called a Teosyalpen. It is basically an electronic dispenser that distributes the filler into the area being treated. Dr Strachan first put in a small cannula which was then attached to the Teosyalpen. I have had filler on many occasions and even with a numbing cream there is often a sting. Not overly painful but usually enough to cause the eyes water a bit. But, with the pen there was literally nothing. I did not have any numbing cream and the only thing I felt was the tinniest scratch when the cannula was put in and just a bit of vibration as the teosyal went into the tear trough. This was hands down the least painful treatment I have ever had. It took no more than 15 minutes per side and the results were instant. Because of the technique Dr Strachan uses there was no bruising and I couldn’t even see the entry point from the needle.
Following the procedure you look like you have just come out of a week long nap! I was in awe of the difference. There was minimal swelling which was pretty much gone within the week. No down time whatsoever and a result that lasts up to a year. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Time for a safety lecture and some words of caution about this and all aesthetic treatments. A tear trough should not under any circumstances be administered by a non-medically trained practitioner! Now I realise there are a number of people who are happy to be injected with any number of things by beauticians, I am not one of them. Every single one of these procedures have the ability to cause serious and life altering side effects in the wrong hands. Prior to any procedure an extensive consultation should be carried out to ensure you are suitable and safe to have the treatment. In addition the person injecting you should have the training to deal with complications should they arise. I know a “bit of filler” seems like no bid deal. But, if you were to have an allergic reaction to it does that beautician injecting you in the backroom of a salon have the medical training to deal with an anaphylactic shock? Will basic life support even be something he or she is trained in much less the injection of adrenaline in an emergency. I say this as a nurse not just a blogger. These are things you need to consider when undertaking a “bit of a tweak”. Beauticians are amazing at their jobs and in no way am I putting down their skills for “beauty treatments”. Injecting chemicals into the skin though done for non-medical reasons are still medical procedures and should be respected as that. I believe that aesthetic treatments should be regulated in such a way as to make it illegal for anyone other than medically trained professionals to inject them. With the treatment of your Tear Troughs in particular the experience and education of your practitioner is absolutely your number one priority.
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