Imagine a concierge beauty club where you can get all your cosmetic needs taken care of on demand — with a chauffeur thrown in. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, you can.
Private Aesthetics London is offering a fabulous “club” opportunity where the mega experienced and brilliant Dr Haj Barlow can create a bespoke package for all your requirements for a monthly fee. Hurrah!
Having a bit of ‘tweaking’ is nothing to be ashamed of – if it makes you feel more confident and enhances how fabulous you already are – go for it.
But, I’m a big believer in less is more and properly investing in and researching anyone who is going to go anywhere near your face with a needle. Dr Barlow is the real deal. No budget wrinkle removal at a friend of a friend’s house here.
She goes by the mantra: “I’ll make you look younger for your age”. And she’s a perfectionist with decades of both dental and skincare experience under her belt too.
Her treatment rooms are currently in Coombe Hill, south-west London (20 minutes on the train from Waterloo) and in adherence with COVID-19 regulations, I was temperature checked and asked to properly sanitise before I even stepped foot in the door.
From there, I had my “before” pictures taken by a friendly assistant then ushered into the room where the magic happens.
I’m not a complete stranger to wrinkle management or filler (ahem) but it had been a while so I was feeling a bit nervous. Dr Barlow is super – really friendly, warm and chatty and totally put me at ease. We discussed what I was looking to achieve and she recommended around a number of small injections to my forehead, between my eyes and the crow’s feet area. I was excited now, she said I’d end up looking younger than my husband (who is seven years my junior).
The treatment itself was relatively painless – though she did joke she always warns men it will sting – women are hardier creatures, she said. The area just outside my eyes did hurt a bit more as the skin is very thin and she said I must be a very happy person – a splendidly polite way of saying I had quite a few laughter lines.
One of the things that made Dr Barlow exceptional was how she explained everything in a medical way. If I’m about to have something unpleasantly sharp injected into my skin, be it at the dentist or for a “non-essential” treatment, I feel much better knowing exactly where and why it’s happening. I’m sure a lot of others are the same. She explained each muscle in the face she was targeting, how it worked and how the treatment would affect its function. Within ten minutes we were done.
Absolutely no bruising or swelling, just a slight tenderness to the area. Another thing Dr Barlow impressed upon me – SPF 50 must be worn at all times, regardless of the weather. Of course, not much ages the skin quicker than the sun. Must do better.
Within a couple of days, the difference was noticeable – a smooth forehead and massively reduced lines around my eyes. The full effect can take a few weeks so don’t be alarmed if the results aren’t instant – often too, you may have to go back for a follow-up.
Dr Barlow offers a range of other treatments including facial fillers, cosmetic dentistry, lip reshaping, chemical peels and much more.
Back to the Private Aesthetics Club – it allows clients to pay one monthly fee for their total annual facial aesthetic requirements and “Grade A” members also receive a complimentary concierge service to and from their home before and after each treatment, after-hours emergency appointments and an annual supply of SP50.
4 OPTIONS AVAILABLE:
1. ANNUAL ANTI WRINKLE PLAN INCLUDING UNDERARM TREATMENT AND TEETH GRINDING PREVENTION -(£80 PM)
2. ANNUAL ANTI WRINKLE AND DERMAL FILLER PLAN – (£150 PM)
3. ANNUAL ANTI WRINKLE, FILLER, CHEMICAL PEEL AND TEETH WHITENING PLAN – (£200 PM)
4. FULL DENTAL TRANSFORMATION PLUS ALL FACIAL AESTHETICS FOR A YEAR – (£1,500 PM)
One-off treatments are also available, check the website for rates.
Featured photo courtesy of Stein Plastic Surgery/Flikr