Whilst most fashion and beauty trends come and go, full, luscious lips never go out of style. Fuller lips are synonymous with youth and beauty and many of aspire to have lips like our favourite celebrities but unfortunately we are not all blessed with full, well-defined lips and they can thin as we age. There are certain things you can do to make your lips appear fuller temporarily such as applying lip liner slightly outside the edges and using shiny lip gloss, but these can look false, don’t last and cannot change the shape or definition of your lips.
Your lips can start to appear thinner from the age of 30 as the body starts to produce less collagen and this tends to be more noticeable in smokers and people who have had excess sun exposure. Lip fillers are a simple and safe way of enhancing your lips, plumping out smooth lines and adding definition so your lips look fantastic 24/7 without even wearing makeup. The most common ingredient for these fillers is hyaluronic acid, a compound that is produced by the body so is highly unlikely to cause adverse reactions. The advantage to injectable fillers as opposed to surgical implants is that they are not permanent, so you can decide whether or not you want the treatment repeated, there are fewer complications, they do not require surgery and there is no risk of scarring or misshapen lips. As you discuss with your practitioner where the filler will be administered, you are in more control of how your lips will look.
As your lips are very sensitive, you will be given a numbing agent before any injections are administered and you may experience some swelling and bruising afterwards which will subside. As well as making your lips look fuller, fillers can also be injected in the fine lines either side of your mouth (marionette lines) and any small creases you may have above your upper lip. Your new look will last between 6 months to a year and then you can decide whether or not you want to have the treatment redone. Your lips will look noticeable plump and defined whilst looking beautifully natural.
For many of us, hair removal is a tedious and time-consuming part of a regular beauty regime but at the London Cosmetic Clinic we offer IPL hair removal which is both quick and convenient. IPL, short for intense pulsed light, hair removal is a relatively new treatment that utilises a range of different wavelengths emitted from a flash lamp to reduce hairs. It is relatively cheaper than laser treatment and the variation in the wavelengths means that it can also be used for other skin issues such as acne treatment and repairing sun-damaged skin. This method is called Selective Photothermolysis.
During the treatment, the pigment within each hair absorbs the light emitted from the IPL device and converts it into heat. This then destroys the follicle and prevents a new hair from growing in its place. Whilst other salons may recommend that it is used on dark hair and fair skin, we use the specialised Ellipse system which gives great results on various skin and hair tones.
IPL hair removal can be used on various areas of the body and face. For example, it can be used on the upper lip instead of hair removal creams, which have an unpleasant smell and can cause sensitivities or it can be used on the bikini area as a less painful alternative to waxing. It isn’t a permanent hair removal system but does reduce the hair so regrowth is much less thick and less noticeable. It also leaves your skin feeling softer, unlike other hair removal treatments such as shaving which can cause dryness and irritation.
As regrowth is far slower and less noticeable than typical hair removal options, you only need one session every four to eight weeks. You don’t risk ingrown hairs or irritation and will be pleasantly surprised with your rejuvenated smooth, silky skin.
One of the most popular cosmetic procedures throughout the world is Botox injections; they’re non-invasive, start to give results within 72 hours, don’t require recovery time after being administered and are temporary so you can decide if you want the treatment redone once the effects fade or not.
Botox is made from the neurotoxin botulinum toxin dissolved in a saline solution. Whilst the prospect of having a poison injected into your face may seem scary, the injections are very safe when administered by a professional and side effects and adverse reactions are very rare. The Botox relaxes the muscle tissue meaning that visible lines caused on the skin from excess muscle movement, for example from frowning, are smoothed out and the skin appears more youthful and toned.
Before the procedure takes place, you will be assessed for suitability. Botox is suitable for the majority of skin types and ages, but you may not be suitable to have the treatment if you have certain allergies or are pregnant or breastfeeding. Your practitioner will also assess where the injections will be effective and how much of a dose you will need, for example a man will often require a larger dose than a woman due to the difference in muscle tissue thickness and strength.
You may be given an ice pack or topical anaesthetic to numb the area you are having injected and the procedure is relatively pain free as the needles used are so fine. After your Botox is administered, you should avoid rubbing or touching your skin and applying makeup for the next 4 hours. You may not see a result instantly, but you will gradually see a difference over the course of the next few days and will be able to see the full result after two weeks.
The total treatment time is very quick and can be easily slotted into a busy schedule and, when administered by a professional, looks natural and rejuvenating. Our trained practitioners will not administer excess or unnecessary amounts of Botox so you can avoid the ‘permanently surprised’ or waxy look that can come from overdoing it. It is the perfect treatment for giving yourself a confidence boost and taking years off of your appearance.