Dr. Uliana Gout heads up the London Aesthetic Medicine (LAM) Clinic in London – and the world-renowned doctor and author has made it her mission to discover the most effective, advanced aesthetic practices worldwide – so I know I couldn’t be in better hands when deciding on booking the Signature Summer Treatment.
Just a stone’s throw away from the boutiques of Bond Street and Regent Street, and the exclusive restaurants and members’ clubs of Mayfair, the LAM Clinic is situated right at the beginning of the world famous Harley Street. The prime location means navigating your work and social calendar while attending one of the clinic’s treatments is effortless.
As restrictions begin to lift and we slowly start returning to our normal lives, there also comes the common pressure of stepping into real life looking and feeling good. Feeling a little apprehensive about seeing friends and family again after a year of lockdowns, home isolation and zoom calls is normal and therefore looking fit and preparing your appearance for all these social interactions is essential.
That’s exactly how I felt when booking my visit to the LAM Clinic London. With holidays on the horizon, I knew sticking to my workout routine wasn’t the only thing I had to do to maintain my looks and prove to my friends that just like them, I’ve been taking good care of myself during that period when we didn’t get to see each other face to face.
Before the treatment
Covid questionnaires and a rapid test are required before visiting the LAM Clinic, as well as a comprehensive pre-treatment survey. This is to ensure you feel safe, comfortable and consent to the clinic’s policies which include taking images of your face pre and post treatment. When I meet Dr. Gout, I finally understand what her holistic approach to aesthetic medicine really means. During a thorough discussion about my previous treatments and medical conditions, Dr. Gout takes the time to get to know my needs, lifestyle and genetics, allowing her to create a precise, personalised program for my skin. Although I’ve already settled on the Signature Summer Treatment, she tailors each step of the treatment according to my bone structure and skin’s needs to deliver the very best, long-lasting effects. This hyper-personalised experience makes me feel more empowered and assured that my complexion’s unique demands are being precisely catered to.
When we begin, Dr. Gout talks me through the process and allows me to ask further questions or raise concerns. There’s no hesitation on my side and I feel totally comfortable and safe in her hands, her calming voice soothing my morning brain and putting me at ease in a room that I can describe as a high tech luxury clinic environment – it’s the lights and a plethora of machines that make this feeling come to life.
Before I settle in my seat, I have to take off all metal earrings, watch and keep my phone away from the radio frequency device – a state-of-the-art NuEra® Tight device with two powerful and different frequencies that target specific skin depths to deliver two very unique results with absolutely minimal downtime. I then slip into a blue shower cap – the one you’d commonly get in hospitals – to keep my hair neat and tidy.
The Signature Summer Treatment
The first step is a deep monopolar radio frequency with focus on creating an immediate lift and boosting your natural collagen production which continues to build throughout your holidays or staycation. In addition, it promotes oxygenation and blood flow to the tissues while also enhancing lymphatic drainage. A large patch is attached to my hand which connects the wires to the device and Dr. Gout gently washes my face to get rid of oil, pollution and debris. I’m told the radio frequency treatment is going to tingle and feel very warm on my skin, but the process is actually pleasant and actually makes me want to take a nap (considering I haven’t had my morning coffee yet).
As the device warms up to 42°C, I can feel it shooting deep into my skin tissue and waking up its natural blood circulation. It’s comforting to hear Dr. Gout’s voice explaining everything she does while circling the device on my skin. She moves from underneath my chin alongside my jawline all the way to my cheek bones, pressing and pulling to lift my skin and essentially shape my face. This is followed by the second step, a surface bipolar radio frequency that tightens and smooths the top layers of skin.
The third step of this minimum downtime treatment involves a dual facial to quick-fix congestion, pores and reveal a natural-looking glow. A highly tailored technique includes a tailored Lipophilic full-face medical facial to instantly lift clogged pores. This type of chemical peel requires a quick patch test prior to application, and Dr. Gour also warns me about the strong scent of the liquid. To me it smells like alcoholic micellar water (so nothing unusual) and when it’s applied on my skin it softly tingles. In slow but thorough movements, the soaked pad travels across my chin, nose and forehead – areas where pores naturally occur. When one side of my face is done, Dr. Gout hands me the mirror to point out the difference. My pores are coming out and clearing at the speed of a light, and I can already see how spotless one side of my face looks compared to the other.
Immediately after, my face is infused with a strong humectant – the luxury LAM Clinic Instant Hydration Mask, delivering powerful hyaluronic acid and glycerine to instantly amplify hydration and give my skin that desired healthy glow. The mask is left on for a couple of minutes while Dr. Gout talks to me casually about my type of complexion – she is now an expert and knows everything about my skin’s history and behaviour, pointing out tiny scars and flaws as she suggests future treatments and products. Her approach is reassuring, realistic and remarkably confident, so you never feel judged, quite the opposite. The rest of the liquid is then massaged into my skin to promote lymphatic drainage and ensure my complexion continues to stay plump for days after the treatment.
When all is done, I get to lay down with my eyes closed for a little longer until the cocktail of replenishing ingredients soaks into my skin and leaves a thin layer on the surface. This helps me to relax even more, allowing me to mentally prepare for the busy day ahead. I’m told not to exercise for a couple of hours at least to not sweat this layer of skin-perfecting goodness out, however applying make-up is totally fine, so you can go straight to work or your social appointments looking glowy and refreshed.
Looking at my face, the result is clearly visible – a smoother, plump complexion that naturally glows and a more defined jawline (the dream of many women these days) and all of this without the need of surgery, needles and any pain at all.
Before I leave, Dr. Gout offers her advice on my skin and what products to use to maintain my glowing and clear skin post facial. Although I’m not heading for any holidays just yet, I feel more beautiful and confident, which gives me that energy boost to dive head first into my working day.
If you’re looking for a treatment that gives you instant radiance for a special event or a complete skin overhaul to look like you’ve just returned from a well-deserved break – or to prove your loved ones how well you’ve kept yourself in lockdown – this is the right treatment for you at the LAM Clinic. And with Dr. Gout’s proactive, judgement-free help, you can’t be in better hands.
To find out more about the LAM Clinic and other holistic treatments, visit: london-aesthetic-medicine.com
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