No 23 is pleased to host the lovely Nicole who will be running bi-weekly aesthetic clinics offering some exciting and effective Aesthetic treatments; Dermal Fillers, P.D.O Threading, Profhilo and Aqualyx. These are run independently by Nicole under her insurance and are separate to No 23. Find out more below.
Does it hurt?
For Dermal filler treatments on sensitive areas we use topical cream to numb the area before treatment especially for the lips and around the mouth.
Will I be sore and bruised after?
You might find you experience a little bruising and swelling after the treatment but this really varies from patient to patient and you may find that you don’t get any at all. You shouldn’t need any time off work and any bruising can be covered by make-up from the day after treatment.
Will I look frozen or unnatural?
In a word no! Nicole's focus is on a natural, fresher look. I am sure you have all seen celebrities or even people in the street who have that frozen, expressionless look which we feel gives these kind of treatments a negative spin, a full consultation with Nicole will allow you to tell her the look you would like to achieve.
How long will it last?
Treatment generally takes around 60 minutes, the results are immediate for dermal fillers and take 5-10 days for anti-wrinkle treatments. Results can last between 3-9 months on average and wear off gradually with a return to your original appearance and no lasting effect once the treatment has worn off.
How much does it cost?
Until December Nicole is charging £125 per 1ml of Dermal Filler. From then on it will be £180.
What is Profhilo©?
Profhilo is an exclusive skin remodelling treatment designed for individuals with ageing skin that is lacking volume and elasticity. By stimulating the production of collagen and elastin through the slow release of Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Profhilo significantly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps to increase hydration and firmness across the face.
How Does Profhilo Work?
Profhilo has been specially formulated to contain a unique level of Hyaluronic Acid (a naturally occurring substance found in our bodies that is responsible for maintaining moisture within our skin), which helps to encourage the production of collagen and elastin across the skin. Due to the way Profhilo has been made, it acts as a hydrator rather than a filler, and is therefore fantastic for those with tired, dull and ageing skin as it provides overall more plump and luminous skin.
The substance is injected just below the skin’s surface in just 2 sessions over a period of 4 weeks, and disperses quickly across the skin to instantly boost hydration, consequently smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in improved skin texture.
As a stabilised product Profhilo lasts in the skin around 28 days. During this time the stimulation of 4 different types of collagen and elastin takes place by slow release of HA. The stimulation results in significant tissue improvement. Therefore we cannot say that Profhilo is just a skin booster as it also has a significant tightening / lifting effect on the tissue. Profhilo is first BDDE-free thermally stabilised hyaluronic acid for treating skin laxity.
How long does Profhilo last and what results can I expect?
The results from Profhilo treatments will most often last for up to six months, but results can differ from person to person. After just a single course of Profhilo, which involves 2 injectable treatments 4 weeks apart, you can expect to see an intense hydration. It makes the skin glow and fine lines can disappear. You’ll notice smoother, tighter skin. Even for those with very wrinkled skin, an improvement in the texture is undeniable. The treatment can be repeated after six months in cases where more repair is desired.
How is different from Dermal Fillers?
Due to the way that Profhilo is formulated, it is not a volumising treatment in the same way that dermal fillers are, and is not used to enhance specific areas of the face (e.g. lips, cheeks, chin). Profhilo is primarily a hydrating treatment, and the Hyaluronic Acid it contains is dispersed evenly throughout the face, giving your skin a more plump and firm look overall.
How many treatments and pricing?
To achieve the best long-lasting results, 2 treatments are recommended with a 4 week interval. Some people may see the results within first week, but the best outcomes of the treatment will be visible 4 weeks after the second treatment.
Each 2ml Treatment is £250. Book in below, consultation is essential prior to appointment.
Procedure Time; Recommended 2 x 1-2-hour session 4-6 weeks apart.
Result Effect; The product takes reaches its full effect during the 28 days after each treatment. Skin will become intensely hydrated, smoother and tighter causing fine lines to disappear.
Result Duration; The majority of patients find the treatment results last for up to 6 months.
Anaesthetic; Topical numbing cream.
Back to work; You can resume normal activity immediately following the treatment.
Sensitivity; There may be sensitivity 24-48 hours post treatment
Risks and complications; There’s a chance of bruising, swelling and tenderness post treatment.
What is Aqualyx?
Aqualyx is an injectable treatment meant to target and melt away stubborn pockets of fat on the body. It's less invasive than liposuction and doesn't require any anaesthesia.
Why not just exercise?
Even people who workout are prone to fatty areas on the body. These pockets of fat may be impossible to get rid of through exercise alone, because exercise reduces fat all over the body. The results you see from exercise won't be targeted to a specific area, which is why "spot treating" fatty areas through exercise simply doesn't work. Furthermore, our bodies naturally try to hold onto fat stored in the subcutaneous layer as a way of conserving energy, which is another reason why some areas of fat are so resilient to exercise. Aqualyx targets these stubborn fatty areas in the subcutaneous layer--the layer of fat just underneath our skin.
How does it work?
The body has its own system in place for burning excess body weight. Acidic bile is naturally produced by the liver to aid in the process of breaking down fat. Aqualyx uses a synthetic form of this acid that's derived from plant-based ingredients, so it's safe to use in the body. It's delivered to the fatty areas through a needle injection. The acid works to eliminate fat by breaking down the structure of the fat cells. Once broken down, fat cells are dissolved, or liquefied. Once it escapes the cell, the fatty liquid. can then be easily burned as the body metabolizes it.
How do I know if it's right for me?
One important thing to understand about Aqualyx is that it is not a weight loss treatment. It is advertised as "body contouring," meaning if you have a lot of weight to lose, Aqualyx won't make that happen. The best candidates for Aqualyx are those who are already leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining their weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet. This is because Aqualyx works as a spot reducing treatment for pockets of fat, and not as an all over fat treatment or weight loss solution. Once you are at your desired weight, you'll be able to discern whether or not there are many stubborn areas of fat that could be treated by Aqualyx. If you eat healthy and exercise and have stubborn areas of fat that won't go away, then yes, you're a great candidate for Aqualyx body contouring!
Does it hurt? Are there side effects?
Before treatment, your nurse or doctor will give you an anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort you may feel during treatment. Larger areas may lead to more discomfort, as these areas would naturally require more injections. Even so, side effects are mild. Aqualyx is a minimally invasive procedure that only takes about an hour or less per treatment. Like getting a shot, you may experience some swelling or tenderness in the treated area, but there's no need to take time off work or rearrange your schedule too much. Any tenderness or bruising is usually resolved within a few days, and many don't experience tenderness at all. You can be out and about your daily routine right after receiving an Aqualyx treatment.
Where can it be used?
Aqualyx can be used in pads or pockets of fat anywhere on the body. Some of the most popular areas are extra fat around the ankles, abdomen, inner thigh, double chins, armpits, upper arms, hips, and buttocks.
Will I need more than one treatment?
The number of treatments you need depends on how much fat is in the area you want to target and how your body reacts to Aqualyx. Some people see dramatic improvements with one or two treatments. You can get treated once or up to eight times, depending on the area you want to target. Smaller areas require less treatments (usually 1-3), but larger areas or more stubborn fat will probably require more--possibly up to 8.
How long do results last?
If you keep a healthy lifestyle, the fat treated by Aqualyx is very unlikely to return. When fat cells have been treated by the Aqualyx injection, they are permanently gone--as long as you don't gain weight. One way to ensure long-lasting results is to continue to exercise and maintain a healthy diet. Consider this another good incentive to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
How long is recovery?
As there aren't many side effects, healing should take less than a week. Sometimes you may need to wait a few weeks before you can see complete results, as swelling can take some time to go down--especially if the treated area is larger. Smaller areas take less time to heal, and many people find that they don't experience pain or tenderness at all.
Is it safe?
Aqualyx has been approved and registered as a medical device. It's been used in millions of treatments across the world, and it has an excellent track record for being a safe and non-invasive method of eliminating fat.
How much is it?
We charge £75 for a small area injection and £150 for a larger area.
It can be very discouraging when you put forth great time and effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, yet you're still not seeing the results you want. Diet and exercise alone aren't always enough to mould your body into the shape you desire. A couple of treatments can make a huge, lasting difference in the way your body looks. Aqualyx is a safe and effective way to contour your body into the shape you've always wanted.