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In recent years, laser hair removal has become the most popular choice for people who want to eliminate unwanted body hair. The treatment uses a laser to heat and effectively destroy hair follicles in the treated area without affecting the surrounding cells or any other follicles.

But even with the widespread success and popularity of laser treatments, the experts who staff our London cosmetic clinic are still sometimes asked whether or not the treatment is safe. In today's blog post, we will put this question to bed once and for all.

Laser hair removal

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In a nutshell: yes, laser hair removal is safe, as long as the treatment is administered by a qualified clinician. Here at Dr Leah Clinics, we use a laser treatment called Soprano ICE, which uses award-winning technology to permanently remove your unwanted hair. It is the latest version of the renowned Soprano hair removal laser, and more importantly, clinical tests have shown that Soprano ICE is completely safe. It is also pain-free, and suitable for all skin types.

As with any treatment, some Soprano ICE patients do experience side effects (including redness and itchiness in the treatment area), but these are quite minor and usually subside shortly afterwards. We cannot vouch for other clinics and the treatments that they use, but we have enough confidence in our own methods to say that, yes, laser hair removal is completely safe for both male and female patients.

To book a hair removal treatment at our cosmetic clinic in Moorgate, please visit our Laser Hair Removal page. You will also find before/after photos and a comprehensive price list.

Alternatively, click here to return to the Dr Leah homepage and learn about our other treatments, including Botox, facial fillers, and non-surgical liposuction.

Botox

Botox is the most popular anti-wrinkle treatment in the world, and quite possibly the most popular cosmetic treatment in general. It is an incredibly effective means of smoothing out wrinkles and achieving a more youthful appearance; with that said, Botox isn't right for everyone, and in this blog post, we will aim to answer some of the questions that people most commonly ask about this treatment.

Q: What is Botox?
A: 'Botox' is short for botulinum toxin, a naturally-occurring protein that, when injected into the face, causes the facial muscles to relax. This smooths out wrinkles and reduces the signs of ageing.

Q: What are the side effects of Botox?
A: The most common side effect is a mild bruising on the injection site. Patients may also experience some headaches after the treatment, but these tend to subside within 24 hours.

Q: How long does Botox last?
A: The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes. The results will last for 3-4 months; after this period has elapsed, patients may come back to the clinic for another Botox treatment.

Q: How much does Botox cost?
A: This depends on the clinic; if you visit the Dr Leah Botox clinic in London, a 1-area treatment will cost you £199.

Q: How old do you have to be to get Botox?
A: This is a controversial issue, and once again, the answer depends on which clinic you visit. The Dr Leah clinic never administers anti-wrinkle injections to teenagers, and we always recommend a consultation session before deciding on a particular treatment. The best time to get a Botox treatment is when you notice that frown lines and other 'dynamic' lines are becoming permanent, which usually occurs in a person's early 30s.

Q: Are there any alternatives to Botox?
A: Yes. You may prefer to use facial fillers to smooth wrinkles and achieve that plumper, more youthful look; alternatively, if you don't like injections, our Dermaroller and microdermabrasion treatments offer noticeable rejuvenation without any needles.

The Dr Leah Botox clinic is located near Liverpool Street in London. Click here for contact details, or visit our Botox page to learn more.

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Facial filler

Dermal fillers are gels that can be used to smooth out unwanted facial wrinkles and create a plump, youthful appearance. One treatment produces results that are visible immediately, and last for roughly 6-9 months.

We offer a range of anti-wrinkle treatments here at Dr Leah Clinics, and our dermal fillers (also known as facial fillers) have proven to be particularly effective. Our dermal filler treatments start from £225 click here to book your dermal filler treatment now, or keep reading to learn more...

What gels are used as facial fillers?
There are many different dermal filler gels available, though we at Dr Leah Clinics always use Juvéderm®, a natural hyaluronic gel that leads the market and gives outstanding results in a variety of different areas (including the cheeks, nose, and lips).

Does it hurt?
Before injecting the dermal filler gel, your clinician will apply a local anaesthetic to numb the area in question. This makes the procedure practically painless.

Are there any side effects dermal fillers?
Some patients notice a mild swelling/soreness after receiving the facial filler treatment, but this is temporary and usually subsides shortly afterwards. If improperly administered, the treatment can result in more serious complications, such as infections or allergic reactions, but the medical experts at Dr Leah Clinics take all necessary precautions to ensure that these situations do not arise.

Is the treatment reversible?
Yes, our dermal filler treatment is fully reversible.

Visit our Facial Filler page for more information about this safe and extremely effective anti-wrinkle treatment.

 

Cryolipolysis – commonly known as ‘fat freezing’ – is a form of non-surgical liposuction that can be used to break down unwanted fat. This painless, non-invasive weight loss treatment has become extremely popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why: cryolipolysis is less risky than traditional liposuction, and only one treatment is needed to achieve visible results.

Here at Dr Leah Clinics, we are frequently asked about the fat freezing procedure and how it can help people to lose weight. In this blog post, we will endeavour to answer some of the most common queries.

How does it work?
As the name implies, fat freezing works by crystallising unwanted fat cells, causing them to die and leave the body. During your cryolipolysis treatment, one of our specialists will place the fat freezing device on a specific part of your body (your stomach, for example). This will lower the temperature in this localised area, causing nearby fat cells to solidify and die whilst leaving other cells unharmed.

Once the procedure has been completed, your body will eventually flush out the dead fat cells, leaving the treated area looking slimmer and more toned.

Will I see the results straight away?
No. The body takes a little while to get rid of those dead cells, and the slimming effect of a non-surgical lipo procedure like this usually doesn't become apparent until 12 weeks later.

How long does the procedure take?
Roughly 45 minutes. Since there is no recovery time for cryolipolysis, this means that you can have a weight loss treatment in your lunch hour and then go straight back to work.

Are there any side effects?
Some patients experience some slight bruising and/or numbness after the cryolipolysis procedure, but this typically subsides within 10 days. Note that even non-surgical liposuction procedures are not suitable for pregnant/breastfeeding women.

Click here to see prices and book your fat freezing treatment with online!

Creating the Dr Leah clinic itself was, for me, one of the most rewarding achievements of all. We had a fantastic contractor who undertook the renovation of the premises that we acquired. I have never undertaken building works or renovation before, so I was amazed to see the change.

Take a look at these pictures:

The Dr Leah Clinic in London, before and after renovations were made 

It took some time and there was lots of dust, stress and tears (who knew builders were so emotional?) but it was definitely worth it! The new clinic is exactly how I imagined it would be, and when I go into it every day I feel happy and excited. I hope my patients will, too.

The Apprentice is what gave me the ability to realise my dream and to found Dr Leah Clinics. I have been asked the same question repeatedly since appearing on the show: "Why did you want to do The Apprentice?" I hope this blog goes some way to answering that question.

I was 23 when I qualified top of my medical school with a distinction in medicine, which remains my proudest achievement to date. I was already practising as a doctor in a busy London A&E when I applied to be on The Apprentice. With limited business experience at that point and a skill set more suited to an operating theatre than a boardroom, I didn't for one moment imagine that I would actually appear on the show and go on to win it.

My interest in aesthetics started long before I applied to be on the show. I have always been image-conscious - I am a female in her twenties, and I am not ashamed to admit that I care about how I look. Nor am I ashamed to admit that, like most women (and increasingly so men), I too feel pressure to look a certain way. I am not advocating that this societal pressure is correct, but let's not deny that it exists.

The increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures was clear to see, but it was only when a family friend had a botched facial filler procedure that I first realised the issues in the industry. I was still in medical school at the time, and this friend's bad experience was at the hands of a non-medical practitioner, who was not performing in a clinical environment. I was inquisitive by nature, and read way too much on just about everything, so I started researching the sector and was horrified to find that no law had been broken! There was NO regulation regarding where these treatments should be performed, or by whom.

I was appalled, and this fuelled my intrigue in the sector. Upon qualifying, alongside my full-time NHS work (and there is actually no formal training programme for aesthetic medicine), I began what turned out to be two-and-a-half years' training and mentorship in aesthetics. This mentorship will not doubt be life-long - learning is my passion, and I hope I never stop.

Dr Leah Totton with Lord Alan Sugar

The Apprentice itself was harder than I had anticipated. The hours were almost as bad as A&E's and the tasks were tough, but it was the filming aspect of it all that I found particularly difficult. I would love to say how much I enjoyed it all, and there definitely were parts that I loved (namely winning!), but mostly, it was work! Still, I met some wonderful people (who will be lifelong friends) and I got a fantastic business partner and a unique opportunity. So I'll never forget how lucky I am.

When I won, I was overwhelmed with excitement but also realistic about the enormity of the task I now faced. Lord Sugar was incredibly supportive and continues to be so.

As any healthcare worker reading this will know, it is a vocation, so they will also know that it broke my heart to leave my full-time NHS post. But I believe I can make a real change to this industry and create not just a chain of clinics to sell on in the future, but a business that shines a light on the issues in this industry, establishing a standard and forming a brand that will represent a safe haven for people to have cosmetic procedures.

I hope that my personal passion for this industry, my care for my patients and my dedication to excellence come across to everyone who is treated at a Dr Leah clinic.

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