There’s a new face and body rejuvenation treatment that’s fast gaining popularity as highly satisfied patients spread the word about the many benefits of Secret RF. However, it produces such a natural and subtle rejuvenation, it can just be our little secret as friends and family are left wondering why you’re looking so great.

Radiofrequency and micro-needling combined

Sometimes the best developments in the aesthetic industry come from taking techniques, technologies or ideas and putting them together for optimal results. Secret RF takes two proven technologies – radiofrequency and micro-needling – and combines them to produce the ultimate aesthetic procedure.

Radiofrequency has been used for many years in aesthetics; radiofrequency energy is passed into the dermis, gently heating the tissues to stimulate production of collagen and elastin. Whichever device or machine you use, to induce a degree of skin tightening, a certain amount of energy is required but the downside of that is potentially burning the skin, meaning an uncomfortable experience for the patient and a number of potential side effects.

Micro-needling is a relative newcomer to aesthetics but quickly became very popular for its ability to produce results with minimal downtime. It works by making micro ‘injuries’ in the papillary dermal level of the skin where collagen and elastin fibres are situated. The body’s response to any injury is to stimulate collagen and elastin production to repair the damage. The skin, therefore, becomes thicker, fuller and plumper, erasing mild to moderate wrinkling or skin damage from the inside out.

The big breakthrough

By combining these two technologies, the inventors of Secret RF have managed to optimise the results they can produce as well as reducing any potential downsides. The radiofrequency energy is delivered into deeper layers of the skin through the micro-needles, leaving the surface of the skin and surrounding tissue untouched. Compared to many of the other devices on the market, there is a much lower risk of any side effects or of developing post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

Suitable for all skin types, Secret RF means much less downtime and discomfort. Price-wise the treatment can be more reasonable as it is a more targeted treatment.

What does Secret RF do?

Secret RF is able to produce a number of visible improvements to the skin, including the following:

  • Skin lifting and tightening
  • Reduction of pore sizes
  • Improvement of hyperpigmentation
  • Reduction mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Can lessen acne and acne scarring
  • Can be used on the body to reduce appearance of stretch marks

If you want to get in on the secret, call Wimpole Aesthetics on 020 7224 2247 and speak to one of the team.

French women are constantly held up as an ideal of natural, effortless beauty, maintaining a size eight figure despite gorging on croissants and baguettes. But, don’t be fooled; it’s not that they don’t have to work at their appearance, but rather that they like to keep their aesthetic endeavours a closely guarded secret. And the top French beauty secret? Mesotherapy.

Invented in 1952 by French doctor Michel Pistor, mesotherapy is the injection of a cocktail of valuable ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, into the mesoderm, which is the layer of fat and connective tissue in the dermis. In 1987 the French Academy of Medicine recognised mesotherapy for its benefits in treating various conditions and concerns.

It’s thought that over 15,000 practitioners in France offer this treatment and it’s on the curriculum of French medical schools, but now the secret is out. Mesotherapy as an aesthetic treatment is becoming increasingly popular worldwide.

What can mesotherapy do?

Mesotherapy has been indicated as beneficial in treating a wide range of health concerns and more serious medical conditions, including relieving migraines, tendonitis and arthritis. However, it’s mesotherapy’s aesthetic benefits that has got French women so excited.

Mesotherapy and aesthetics

Mesotherapy works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, fighting free radicals and boosting cell turnover. As a result, it improves the appearance of fine lines, skin texture and tone and bestows a youthful ‘glow’ that’s difficult to achieve with other aesthetic treatments.

One of its most exciting indications is the treatment of cellulite. The dreaded orange peel effect is thought to affect up to 98 per cent of women worldwide and the many creams and gels that are available don’t make a significant difference, despite their claims to the contrary. This is because they are unable to permeate far enough into the dermis, whereas mesotherapy is delivered directly into the mesoderm layer, improving lymphatic flow and breaking up the fat pockets that cause the skin’s bumpy texture.

How is mesotherapy delivered?

Mesotherapy is delivered into the dermis, in tiny micro-injections using a very fine needle – the treated area may be a bit red post treatment but there will be no scarring to the skin afterwards. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and patients find it quite comfortable.

As a leading London aesthetic clinic, we also offer the full range of non-surgical procedures, including Botox, dermal fillers and laser treatments. The great thing about mesotherapy is that it can be combined with these other treatments for an all-over skin rejuvenation. Call 020 7224 2247 to find out more about mesotherapy.

Carboxytherapy is not new – it was developed in France in the 1930s as a therapeutic treatment for serious health conditions – but in recent years it has gained popularity as an aesthetic treatment for both the face and body. Carboxytherapy is particularly popular in Brazil, the country that’s dedicated to the body beautiful, for its ability to improve the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks and reduce fat deposits.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get asked about carboxytherapy at our central London aesthetic clinic:

What is carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is the delivery of carbon dioxide gas under the skin’s surface. This gas is present in the body at all times; we breathe in oxygen that is then turned into carbon dioxide which we expel as a waste product. As we age, though, blood circulation in the skin becomes sluggish, meaning a decrease in cell turnover and collagen production.

By injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide below the surface of the skin we trick the body into speeding up blood circulation. Carboxytherapy can be used to treat cellulite, stretch marks and other scars. It also provides an all-over skin rejuvenation by strengthening skin elasticity, stimulating collagen production and increasing blood supply to the target area, so in the face it can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten up loose skin and brighten dark under eye circles. The latter problem is particularly difficult to treat with the other aesthetic treatments at our disposal making carboxytherapy unique.

How long will my carboxytherapy treatment take?

This very much depends on the area to be treated. Approximately, the treatment session should last about 30 minutes.

Can my carboxytherapy treatment be repeated?

Carboxytherapy can be repeated as many times as required and, in fact, we advise between six and twelve carboxytherapy treatment sessions to ensure the best results possible. Afterwards, you’ll be advised on the frequency of top-up sessions required.

Is carboxytherapy painful?

Patient response is always individual, but we find that most carboxytherapy patients at our London aesthetic clinic feel just mild discomfort, often described as a tingling or burning sensation.

What will I see results?

Again, every patient responds differently and some see a difference after the first couple of treatments, whereas other patients require the full treatment programme to gain the expected results.

These results should be long lasting, but many patients return for top-up treatments to ensure they see the benefits for many years to come.

If you have any further questions about carboxytherapy, call 020 7224 2247 to book a consultation.

Last year, cosmetic surgery figures were released by the UK’s leading plastic surgery organisation and alongside a general rise, there was a massive increase in men and women undergoing liposuction.

In fact, women are increasingly opting for this body-contouring procedure, which rose by an impressive 43 per cent, as it is a highly effective way to eradicate those stubborn lumps and bumps that just won’t shift even when you undergo a rigorous diet and exercise routine.

Although less invasive than cosmetic surgery, liposuction is still a considerable investment of time and money so our lipo patients at Wimpole Aesthetics are keen to know how best to protect their investment.

Why should I exercise after liposuction?

During your liposuction procedure, fat cells are removed through suction. These fat cells are permanently removed but, if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can expand and significant weight gain can cause the growth of new fat cells. So, it’s important to sustain a steady weight after your liposuction procedure to preserve your fantastic results.

How soon can I return to the gym after liposuction?

It’s not the case that liposuction is an alternative to healthy exercise; many of our patients are very committed to working out and are keen to know when they can get back into the gym. In fact, liposuction is not advisable for patients that have a large amount of weight to lose; it’s best suited to those who are close to their ideal body weight but are looking to achieve more sculpted curves or restore proportion.

Every patient is different in terms of how they recover and the extent of the procedure will also determine what exercises you can quickly return to. Our medical director, Dr Joshua Berkowitz, is always on hand to give advice, but generally we suggest a return to light exercise from two to four weeks post-procedure. Swelling can take many months to fully subside and it’s important to take that into account. Depending on the area of the body that was treated will also determine what exercises you can do.

For more information on liposuction and its benefits, call 020 7224 2247 and speak to one of the team.

Most of us aren’t looking to lose excessive amounts of weight, but we may have some troublesome lumps and bumps that just won’t shift however much diet and exercise we do. VASER Lipo can work for those who are looking for just a small enhancement of the hard work they’ve already done to those who want a full-body transformation.

The VASER device uses low level ultrasound pulses that are directed into the fat cells, gently breaking them up. These are then suctioned out with a cannula but, because they’ve already been liquefied, there is far less damage to the surrounding tissues, such as blood vessels, nerves, the lymphatic system and the overlying skin.

To see if VASER Lipo is the right treatment for you, we thought it might be useful to provide a round-up of some of the more questions most frequently asked in our London VASER body contouring consultations.

What’s the difference between VASER Lipo and normal liposuction?

Liposuction removes fat tissue through a process of suction. In recent years, modifications to the liposuction procedure have been made to reduce the trauma to the other tissues present, but VASER is still the standalone procedure for minimal downtime.

When will I see my VASER results?

Almost all our VASER patients will see a noticeable improvement immediately post-procedure. Although one of VASER’s major benefits over other liposuction technology is that there is far less swelling and bruising, there will still be a small amount of swelling which will take a few months to completely subside. From about the third month post-procedure you should be able to see the final results.

Collagen production is also stimulated by the VASER procedure so you should see further improvements to the quality of your skin over a period of a few months.

Can VASER tighten the skin?

There does seem to be a degree of skin contraction after a VASER procedure and it also seems to improve the appearance of the skin so it appears smoother. However, as Dr Berkowitz will explain to you in your London VASER consultation, the degree of skin tightening that occurs during your VASER procedure very much depends on the individual patient. In fact, if you have very loose skin then you may not be suitable for VASER at all, but may require a surgical procedure instead.

For more information on VASER, book a consultation by calling 020 7224 2247.

The festive season is one of good cheer which, translated, usually means a series of social gatherings with the demon drink playing a leading role.

For those who may find themselves unable to locate their off-switch before they embark on embarrassing, drink-related misdemeanours or for those who have chosen to abstain entirely and are approaching Christmas feeling miserable and isolated, the Sinclair Method represents an innovative approach to tackling alcoholism or excessive drinking.

‘Unique’ and ‘innovative’ are words that are often thrown around in medical circles as new treatments and products rapidly hit the market, but the Sinclair Method is certainly unique and innovative in the treatment of alcoholism.

Prescribing a pill that is to be taken an hour before the first drink is consumed, the patient is told to keep drinking. Not stop drinking, which is the current accepted approach to alcoholism, but keep drinking and do this for the rest of your life.

Over time, following the Sinclair Method, an outstandingly high number of patients find that their levels of drinking will naturally decline to what is considered ‘normal’ drinking levels. With no need for psychotherapy to prevent relapse or a period of detoxification, as the body will naturally detoxify over time as alcohol consumption decreases.

What is this magic pill?

The medication used in the Sinclair Method is a short-acting opiod inhibitor, usually taken in a pill form.

Opiods are medication that are used for pain management, but which also form the basis for many drugs such as heroin, morphine and methadone. In recent years, misuse of pain-relieving drugs, such as vicodin, codine and oxycontin, have also become a serious problem.

Opiods mimic the effect of endorphins; chemicals in the brain that both relieve pain and produce pleasurable highs. Over time you can become addicted to these sensations, seeking illegal drugs or misusing alcohol to recreate the highs. An opiod inhibitor has the opposite function to an opiod; it doesn’t cause pain but it does remove the pleasurable feelings.

Short-acting means that the effect of the drug is intense but very short-lived, which is important, as a long-acting drug that reduced all pleasurable feelings could easily engender depression.

By taking this medication before you drink, the pleasurable high you get from drinking is reduced, meaning that the desire to drink excessively disappears.

The results from the Sinclair Method have been incredibly successful. Dr Sinclair developed the Method in Finland and data from clinics in Finland have shown highly significant reductions in alcohol consumption of more than 78 per cent. Dr Sinclair is a consultant to Florida’s Sinclair Method, and there the results have been more than 85 per cent since 2002.

Dr Joshua Berkowitz, our medical director at London’s Wimpole Aesthetics, has long been aware of the effectiveness of this treatment, as he has been familiar with Dr Sinclair’s work since its inception and has been offering the Sinclair Method to his London patients for many years.

He sums up the impact of the Sinclair Method: “An alcoholic or someone who drinks excessively is not enjoying the drink they are currently consuming. They are thinking about the next drink and the one after that. And, if the window to buy that drink or the means to purchase that drink is limited, then it directly affects their behaviour.

By following the Sinclair Method, you can enjoy the drink you have and it doesn’t change the taste, the results or the pleasure you get from it, but the gratification is not so high or intense that your behaviour is affected.

The flu season is upon us, but how can we best protect ourselves over the coming winter months? Flu is a serious business and not just a case of colds and sniffles which can put us out of action and feeling miserable; tens of thousands of people were hospitalised last winter because of the flu.

Last month, the national seasonal flu campaign launched in the UK, encouraging uptake of the flu vaccine in the most at-risk groups. These are older people, very young children, pregnant women and those with serious health conditions or a weakened immune system. But, for those of us considered healthy individuals and not eligible for the free vaccine, what can we do to get through the flu season unscathed.

Tip # 1 Prevention is better than cure

There are various tactics you can adopt; first and foremost, avoid contact with sick people and if you are suffering from flu-like symptoms limit your contact with others to stop the spread.Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub and avoiding touching your eyes, mouth or nose, can also help limit the spread of germs.

Tip # 2 See your GP

Antibiotics are ineffective in treating flu which is a viral infection and taking antibiotics unnecessarily can cause more harm than good. However, doctors are now able to prescribe one of the new anti-viral drugs, which can prevent a virus from multiplying quickly in the body. They have been proved to cut the amount of time you suffer from symptoms.

Tip # 3 Build up your immune system

Those with an immune system in peak condition are much less likely to succumb to the flu virus and if you are eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly then you are definitely taking a step in the right direction. But what do you do if you want to take it to the next level?

Exercise is proven to boost the immune system as blood is pumped around your body, taking fresh supplies of nutrients to where they are needed to ward off infections, so now might be the time to up your exercise quota.

Vitamin C is crucial in the fight against flu as even a small deficiency in this valuable vitamin has been proven to increase the severity of respiratory infections. Although it is possible to up your intake of fruit and vegetables and take a vitamin C supplement, there are limits to the amount of vitamin C it is possible to take orally, which is where IV Nutrient Therapy comes in.

At Wimpole Aesthetics we offer the Myer’s Cocktail IV and High-Dose Vitamin C IVto our London clients. These play a key role in the fight again flu, both as a preventative measure and also to shorten duration and lessen severity of an attack. They can also help with recovery which can be prolonged after a severe case of influenza. The Myer’s Cocktail contains a valuable combination of vitamins and minerals which as well as treating seasonal flu, can help with a wide range of health concerns.If you’re interested in learning more, call us on 20 7224 2247 and one of the team can explain more about the benefits of IV Therapy in the fight against flu.

Aftercare, in my opinion, is as important as the surgery itself and the ‘success’ of the procedure, in terms of results, can often be directly influenced by the quality of aftercare you are provided with.

There are two aspects to any procedure – the procedure itself and the level of aftercare that is offered to ensure a good result and care for the patient’s requirements and at Wimpole Aesthetics we believe that our aftercare is unrivalled.

Not only does good aftercare speed up your recovery physically, it should support you emotionally. The team at Wimpole Aesthetics is dedicated to the care of our patients and we make sure they feel that they can access that care whenever they need.

Think small, not big

One of our most popular procedures at our central London clinic is VASER, a highly effective body reshaping treatment.

It would be naïve to underestimate how important price is as a factor in the decision to go ahead with surgery. This is why we have seen such a growth in the big cosmetic surgery chains in the UK over recent years. As well as employing the latest reality TV stars to show off the results of their breast enlargement procedures, they also offer what seems to be unbeatable prices.

But, if a price is too good to be true, you know what they say: it usually is. Aftercare is often an area where corners can be cut. After a VASER procedure, for example, I know that some clinics will say, see you in a couple of weeks or a month. We see our patients, on average, approximately three or four times in the first week and at least once a week for the first month.

Everything is tailored to the emotional and physical needs of the individual patient and that includes aftercare. We have had very nervous patients who have requested follow-ups every day for the first ten days after their procedure, which means ten hours of our time, but if that’s their requirements, in terms of their emotional needs, then we provide that.

If you have any questions, whether that be on the treatments we offer or our aftercare package, speak to one of our team on 020 7224 2247.

Most of us haven’t heard of it, but glutathione has become a buzzword among those in the know, as the understanding of just how powerful this antioxidant is increases.

What exactly is an antioxidant and why do we need them?

What exactly is an antioxidant and why do we need them?

Antioxidants are nutrients or enzymes, that play an important role in the body because they counteract the process of oxidation in your tissue. Oxidation is a normal process that produces free radicals and these molecules can cause great harm if our levels of antioxidants are not sufficient to protect us.

Now, the important thing to understand is that not all antioxidants are the same. There are thousands of substances that act as antioxidants, from the familiar ones such as vitamin C and vitamin E to the less well known. Polyphenols, anyone?

In recent years, glutathione has emerged as a superstar antioxidant. Your body naturally produces glutathione, but lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, medications, stress, trauma, pollutions and toxins and the ageing process itself, can deplete our supplies.

The benefits of glutathione

  • Plays a preventative role in neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
  • Prevents cancer and can improve the body’s reaction to chemotherapy.
  • Critical for detoxification; glutathione is high in sulphur, a molecule that works hard to shift toxins from your body.
  • Slows down the ageing process.
  • Helps to fight against allergies.
  • Enhance mental and physical function; professional athletes are embracing IV Nutrient Drips that contain glutathione because of the benefits they bring. However, even if you’re just struggling to get down to the gym it can have a positive impact on performance. Glutathione has been proved to improve strength and endurance, as well as decrease muscle damage and recovery time.
  • Finding it hard to get rid of those lumps and bumps? Glutathione can kickstart the metabolism to shift fat production to muscle development.

Glutathione also has powerful aesthetic benefits for your skin. We know that free radicals caused by environmental factors such as sun damage, smoking or stress can have a damaging effect on the skin and glutathione fights hard against this. It also slows down the formation of melanin, responsible for darkening the skin and producing sun spots, so glutathione could be the answer for a lighter, brighter complexion.

How do I increase my levels of glutathione?

How do I increase my levels of glutathione?

Eating a sulphur-rich diet can help to increase your levels of glutathione – foods such as garlic, onion, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. – but many people are exploring IV Vitamin Drips as an effective way to deliver glutathione direct to where it’s most needed.

We’re really excited to announce the launch of a new procedure at Wimpole Aesthetics that we think will push the boundaries of what can be achieved in terms of anti-ageing. Unlike many aesthetic treatments that are aimed at solving a specific problem, PDO Thread Lifts promise to deliver a complete rejuvenation.

Understanding the ageing process

Knowing exactly what is causing you to look old can be crucial to knowing which treatment is going to do the job.

The face can be divided into three parts. The top third is where dynamic wrinkles appear; these are caused by the muscles contracting and relaxing underneath the skin and they appear as lines across the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. Botox is a fantastically effective treatment that smooths away these wrinkles.

The mid-third of the face is where we see the effects of volume loss and a depletion of collagen and elastin levels in the skin. Hollows appear on the temples and around the eyes, cheeks become sunken and folds appear around the nose and mouth. Dermal fillers, one of the most popular treatments at London’s Wimpole Aesthetics, can restore this volume.

In the lower part of the face, the effects of gravity cause the jawline to become blurred and jowls to appear. Pelleve and VASER are just some of the treatments we offer that can help reverse this particular ageing concern.

PDO Thread Lifts: the one-stop anti-ageing treatment

By introducing PDO Thread Lifts along the natural skin tension lines, it is possible to produce a lifting effect similar to a surgical facelift. PDO Thread Lifts can also limit the strength of your facial muscles creating a more natural alternative to Botox.

Then, a couple of weeks after the treatment, the body starts creating collagen and elastin, a process that continues as long as the threads are in the skin before they naturally dissolve.

For an all-over skin rejuvenation or to tackle ageing concerns such as lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, poor complexion, volume loss and loose skin, PDO Thread Lifts can do it all. Results typically last up to two years. As with all treatments at Wimpole Aesthetics, we have ensured that it is both safe and effective before offering it to our London anti-ageing patients.

To find out more about this procedure or any of the aesthetic treatments we offer, call 020 7224 2247 and speak to one of the team.

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