Kay Greveson addresses your skincare and beauty concerns, from fine lines to limp lips
How to achieve a clear, even complexion
The main thing that people ask for is a clear complexion with minimised open pores. For this, we recommend the ZO skincare range. When I opened the clinic, I thought carefully about which skincare products I wanted to work with and looked at many different brands. As we are a medical spa and clinic, I wanted a brand that was medically-focussed and backed by science. ZO has proven results and targets a wide range of concerns, but also supports general skincare. Serums and protective creams contain a small percentage of retinol, alongside anti-oxidants for oil-control and anti-ageing.
What is microneedling?
For open pores, I’d recommend the pore-refining ZO products and also microneedling, which stimulates the skin. Microneedling is a progression from the dermaroller, which was popular a few years ago. It is more effective, as it uses a machine that controls the speed and depth of needling, which ranges from 0.5mm to 3mm into the skin. The needles cause slight injury, which prompts your skin to produce collagen; this helps to thicken the dermis and reduce scarring. Microneedling also helps products to sink deeper into the skin.
The lowdown on lip fillers
In a lip consultation, we assess the patient’s lip shape and expectations. We always strive to achieve a pout that looks natural and there are many different ways to create this; it’s definitely not one size fits all. Swelling tends to happen 24 hours later; during this time, whether you have 0.5ml or 1ml, you will look like a duck. Your lips will look their best after ten days and, as a general rule, lip fillers last six to nine months.
Now that Kylie Jenner has had her lips dissolved, they look natural. Unless you knew her lips before, you might not realise that she's had fillers. This is what we aim to achieve – a natural, full lip. We also have a client base for dissolving fillers. People come to us to remedy bad work, such as a lump in the lip or scar tissue.
Remedy a saggy neck
If it is somebody in their thirties or early forties, who has lost a little definition, we recommend derma fillers. We inject the cheek area to create lift and also inject along the jawline. If you would prefer to avoid fillers, you can use High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound, which is a non-invasive treatment that derives from medicine. It destroys unwanted fat cells, tightens the muscle and is relatively pain-free. More recently, PDO threading has been very popular. This involves injecting polydioxanone surgical strands into the hairline and threading all the way down to the jowl area. It is a little more invasive and recommended for those in their forties and fifties.
Lose the mum-tum
For this, our most popular treatment is non-surgical liposuction. This involves fat freezing using cryolipolysis, which treats isolated pockets of fat and is often popular with women who have had caesareans. If you are a little bigger, we recommend a bespoke fat reduction package, which uses a combination of ultrasound cavitation, radio frequency and shockwave therapy to reduce and eradicate unwanted fat.
Fight fine lines and wrinkles
Botox is obviously the gold standard for this. I recommend preventative Botox from the age of 30 and I don’t tend to give Botox to anybody under the age of 25 or 26. It is true that if you don’t treat fine lines, they will deepen and be more difficult to treat. You will then end up needing a combination of Botox and derma fillers. The key to everything is to look after your skin – use a high SPF and a good skincare system, with products packed with anti-oxidants.
Regents Park Aesthetics