When you’re pregnant, a whole host of powerful anti-ageing potions and treatments are off-limits. So by the time I had had my baby, I felt like I had aged 100 years.
No retinol, no concentrated vitamin C, no acids, no chemical peels and most upsetting for me, no Botox. Having a smooth brow and blurring the lines near my eyes has long been a guaranteed way to make me feel more confident so not being able to indulge in that for more than nine months was hard.
It’s worth noting also that injectibles are also not recommended if breastfeeding.
So skip to six months after having my baby and I was ready for a long-awaited bit of work. I hadn’t had Botox in nearly two years so the practitioner would be starting almost from scratch.
Vie Aesthetics is a small, serene Harley Street clinic just moments from Cavendish Square in central London, so incredibly easy to get to. It’s located in an imposing white townhouse but all signage is discreet – if you’re feeling self-conscious, no one needs to know what you’re doing.
I zipped up to the third floor in one of those gloriously old-fashioned lifts — you’re never quite sure if you’ll make it — and within moments was ushered in to see Dr Ioannis Liakas, the Medical Director of the practice. One of the first things to impress me about him is that he was utterly straight to the point.
Almost as if he could sense how pushed for time I generally am, he merely pointed to where I needed work and got to it very quickly – calmly and pleasantly, of course. But it was speedy
I had Botox on my forehead and around my eyes and he worked so effeciently, I barely felt a prick and before I knew it, I was on my way.
Dr Liakas is decisive and recommended I return in a few months for some filler but for now, especially after not having had any work for a long time, he was satisfied with smoothing out the wrinkles.
He was also careful not to inject too low on the forehead, so there would be no dreaded eye droop – some practitioners can get a bit trigger-happy and the result is pretty devastating and can be permanent.
The whole experience was quick, calm and professional and I left feeling more hopeful, happier and much like my old self. I returned after two weeks for a check-up and a small top up and all was well – I was delighted with the results.
Vie Aesthetics also has clinics in Rayleigh, Essex and Waiblingen, Germany, and offers a whole range of treatments from skin tightening to hair transplants to bum lifts.
If you’re after a seamless, clinical and highly effective “boost” to your face, body or skin in a soothing and discreet setting, definitely give Vie Aesthetics a call.