Spring is a time for new beginnings, and recently released US data shows it is also the most popular time for aesthetic treatments. The Aesthetic Society discovered that April to June is the season for giving the skin a spring clean or getting beach body ready.

There are several reasons why this time of year brings several benefits if you’re planning an aesthetic treatment.

Seasonal skin changes

After a long, cold Winter of harsh winds and freezing temperatures outside and moisture-zapping central heating inside, your skin will often be dehydrated with a rough tone and texture. This frequently makes us more conscious of looking tired and old, and naturally, our thoughts turn to revitalisation during the Spring. Facial rejuvenation treatments can help reset the ageing clock.

Spring fever

After the colder winter months, you’re unlikely to have a tan which is ideal for treating common skin conditions such as facial veins or brown spots. Laser treatments typically deliver laser energy into the pigment cells, so a greater contrast means more effective results. It is also essential to minimise sun exposure after these treatments, which can be more challenging during the summer.

Summer preparation

Many aesthetic treatments require some downtime or need several treatments to produce the optimal results, so undergoing them now means you’ll be feeling more confident in your skin by the summer.

What are the top Spring aesthetic treatments?

Dr Claudia’s recommendation for the perfect treatments to book now include:

AlumierMD Peels

Skin peels are an excellent option for rejuvenating the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and improving hyperpigmentation. Spring’s more temperate weather minimises the risk of any post-treatment complications.


Unlike dermal fillers that instantly replace lost volume, Profhilo is a bio-stimulator that integrates and remodels the soft tissues from within. As the production of new collagen is encouraged, a firmer, fuller and smoother complexion is gradually revealed. Best results develop after your second session, so you should book one now and then have another a month later for a summer of great skin.


Polynucleotides offer a new dimension to aesthetic medicine as they regenerate tissue and promote cell repair. Derived from filtered and ultra-purified natural DNA fractions, it produces a longer-lasting skin rejuvenation. Typically, you’ll see an instant improvement in skin hydration and radiance, but the full effects become visible over the following weeks when Dr Claudia recommends your second treatment for optimal improvement of fine lines and wrinkles and increased skin elasticity.

If you’re looking for a skin spring clean, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange your consultation with Dr Claudia to discuss.

Fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, hollowing at the temples and under the eyes, flattening of the cheeks and loss of definition along the jawline, are all indicators of facial volume loss that occurs as we age. Partly this is due to the depletion of collagen, but also loss of facial fat both underneath the skin’s surface and in the deeper fat pads.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have long been one of the most popular aesthetic treatments for their ability to add volume and soften lines. HA is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in the body; in the dermis it attracts a thousand times its own weight in water so is responsible for keeping your skin plump and hydrated.

The hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is slightly modified so the body takes between six months and up to two years to degrade it, depending on where it is placed. HA fillers are now available in different consistencies and firmness, so some are suitable for building structure such as in the chin or jawline. Softer fillers are used to add volume in the lips or cheeks.

Dermal filler benefits

Now, a new study has found that hyaluronic acid dermal fillers not only add volume to the skin but can also boost collagen production.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School studied the mechanism behind skin changes on a cellular level due to photoageing and the effects of HA dermal fillers. They found the fillers stimulated the production of new type I collagen in photoaged skin within several weeks of injection, and the results were long-lasting, promoting the accumulation of more collagen over the course of a year.

Collagen production may be a secondary action of dermal fillers but Polynucleotides is an anti-ageing treatment whose primary action is collagen stimulation. Polynucleotides are filtered and ultra-purified natural DNA fractions that initiate your body’s natural fibroblast production, resulting in increased collagen (47% in 23 days) and a thicker, healthier epidermis (52% in 23 days).

What is skin photoageing?

Chronological ageing, also known as intrinsic ageing, are the changes that occur naturally over time. Closely interlinked with chronological ageing is extrinsic ageing which are the many external factors that accelerate the natural ageing process.

This can be down to smoking, stress, poor diet and lack of sleep, but the main culprit is sun exposure or photoageing. In fact, it’s believed that 90% of the signs of skin ageing are due to sun exposure. UVB and more importantly UVA rays penetrate the dermis and cause damage to the skin cells and oxidative stress that breaks down the building blocks of the skin such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.

As well as loss of elasticity and firmness and the formation of lines and wrinkles, photoageing is responsible for pigmentation changes, age spots, and uneven skin tone.

The best way to prevent photoageing is to regularly use a high factor SPF, but if you’ve started to notice unwelcome changes to the skin due to sun exposure, there are several treatments that can help, including dermal fillers. For more advice, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Claudia.

The mouth is the body’s most visible erogenous zone, and full, smooth lips signify youth and attractiveness, so it’s no surprise that they are a focal point when romance blossoms. Kissing is often the ultimate test, and one study found that it can be a deal breaker: 59% of men and 66% of women ended a new relationship with someone they found attractive when the first kiss didn’t go well.

As it’s nearly that time of year again, read on for our tips for kissable lips for this Valentine’s Day and beyond:

Stay hydrated

After a cold, harsh winter, it’s no surprise that our lips can look dry and cracked when February rolls around. Include them in your skincare routine to keep your pout looking plump and hydrated. First, prep your lips by removing dry, dead skin cells. Regular exfoliation will help them absorb any moisturising products you then apply.

If your lips are still looking dehydrated and deflated, Dr Claudia uses hyaluronic acid dermal filler Juvederm Volbella which has a soft formulation to restore a natural feeling of fullness and hydration to the lips and mouth area.

Turn back time

The mouth is a highly mobile area of the face, and over time, it is common to develop fine perioral lines around the mouth, known as lipstick lines, barcode lines or smoker’s lines. Dr Claudia uses a layering technique with very soft Teoxane hyaluronic acid filler, which smooths these lines without adding any unnatural volume.

A subtle lip augmentation

Although influencers and celebrities with inflated pouts may dominate social media, most patients seek a natural rejuvenation of lips that have become thinner and less defined as they age. Small amounts of lip filler can be added to restore the vermillion border of the lips or to volumise the lips subtly.

As well as lip augmentation, ADr Claudia also performs the lip flip to make the lips look bigger without the need for filler. Small units of botulinum toxin injected along the vermillion border of the upper lip relaxes the orbicularis oris muscle. The lip rolls slightly upwards and outwards, increasing the height of the upper lip. This also prevents the top lip from curling inward when you smile.

Turn up your smile

When the forces of gravity affect the mouth, the corners of the mouth start to droop, and patients often worry they look unnecessarily sad or cross. Dr CP Aesthetics has two treatment options for a downturned mouth depending on the patient’s unique anatomy.

One cause of a downturned mouth is the action of the muscles known as depressor anguli oris that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. When we frown they pull down the corners of the mouth and, over time, this can lead to drooping mouth corners. Botulinum toxin is injected into this muscle which prevents it from contracting and produces a more elevated appearance to the edges of your lips.If the issue is volume loss and descent of the soft tissues, dermal filler product placed under the corners of the mouth provides support and a subtle lift.

Want to perfect your pout? Call 0115 772 2363 or email us at info@drcp-aesthetics.com to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia Petillon to discuss lip augmentation, lipstick lines and pout plumpness.

Move over, Profhilo; a new injectable is being heralded as a game-changer in aesthetics. Like Profhilo and other skin boosters, Polynucleotides deliver more youthful, radiant skin without changing the face’s shape or movement, which happens with dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Furthermore, Polynucleotides have regenerative powers, so they encourage the skin to ‘act’ younger or can be used to treat specific skin conditions such as acne scarring.

Although they are described as the next big thing, Polynucleotides have been used in tissue and cartilage regenerative medicine for 40 years and have been used medically in treating scarring and inflammatory skin conditions such as severe eczema.

What are Polynucleotides?

Polynucleotides are chains of nucleotides, the building blocks of DNA and RNA. These long chains play a crucial role in the genetic makeup of living organisms, encoding the instructions for cellular functions. Specifically, Polynucleotide injections are derived from the DNA of salmon sperm, which is very similar to human DNA.

The use of Polynucleotides in aesthetics is rooted in their ability to support the natural skin regeneration processes. As we age, our skin’s ability to repair and renew itself diminishes, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of elasticity.

They act like biostimulators when injected by ‘instructing’ the cells to increase the production of fibroblasts, producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These naturally-occurring components in our skin keep it taut, lifted and hydrated. They also accelerate cellular turnover.

DNA repair and anti-ageing

One of the key promises of Polynucleotides is their potential to address signs of ageing at a genetic level. These chains of nucleotides are thought to aid in DNA repair, helping to reverse damage caused by environmental factors such as UV radiation and pollution. By promoting DNA repair mechanisms, Polynucleotides may contribute to a more youthful and resilient complexion.

What’s the difference between Polynucleotides and skin boosters?

Skin boosters such as Profhilo are thought to stimulate collagen regeneration. Still, this effect is relatively minimal, and its primary benefit is hydrating the skin rather than thickening skin density by kickstarting collagen and elastin production. Polynucleotides do this while hydrating the skin and fighting the damage caused by free radicals.

The other main difference is that hyaluronic acid skin boosters typically can only be applied in certain areas – the Profhilo BAP technique has five specific injection points on each side of the face: the upper cheek, nasal base, lower cheek, jawline, and chin.

Polynucleotides can be used all over the face and neck, including the bonier parts of the face, such as the cheekbones or jawline. It is safe to be used on the delicate skin under the eyes and around the lips and regenerating the skin on the knees, elbows, back of hands and décolletage. It is even used on the scalp to reverse hair loss.

A revolutionary approach to treating dark circles

Dr Claudia Petillon is particularly excited about using Polynucleotides to address dark circles under the eye, a common complaint for both men and women that has always been challenging to treat.

By thickening the skin, Polynucleotides reduce the appearance of pigmentation, which becomes more noticeable as the skin naturally thins. It also improves the appearance of hollows, particularly the tear trough groove that forms between the mid-cheek and eye junction.

“Previously, dermal fillers have been used to treat the tear trough. However, the combination of the hydrophyllic or water-attracting nature of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers with the thin skin under the eyes can result in a less than satisfactory aesthetic outcome.

“I believe treating the tear trough with dermal fillers will become a thing of a past with the advent of polynucleotides,” concludes Dr Petillon.

Want to find out if you’re suitable for polynucleotides? Call 0115 772 2363 or email info@drcp-aesthetics.com if you wish to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia Petillon.

Are you feeling a bit frazzled after the festive season? Suffering from the January blues? Looking to boost your immune system to ward off seasonal illnesses? Or searching for a quick pick-me-up to support healthy New Year Resolutions.

Intravenous therapy, popularly known as IV drips, delivers fluids and essential nutrients such as vitamin C, B-12, glutathione, magnesium, zinc, and offers many benefits.

  1. Rapid absorption of nutrients: IV therapy allows for the direct and immediate absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. This can benefit individuals with malabsorption issues or those needing quick replenishment.
  2. Hydration: IV therapy is an effective way to restore and maintain hydration levels quickly. This is especially useful for individuals experiencing dehydration due to illness, exercise, or insufficient fluid intake.
  3. Boosted immune system: IV therapy can provide a concentrated dose of immune-boosting vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, which may help strengthen the immune system and aid in preventing illnesses.
  4. Improved athletic performance and recovery: Athletes often use IV therapy to enhance performance, facilitate recovery, and replenish electrolytes and nutrients lost during intense physical activity.
  5. Support for chronic conditions: Some chronic conditions, such as chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, may benefit from IV therapy by providing essential nutrients directly to the bloodstream, potentially improving overall health and well-being.
  6. Faster relief from migraines and headaches: Certain IV formulations containing magnesium and other minerals may provide rapid relief for migraines and tension headaches.
  7. Reduced symptoms of jet lag: IV therapy with hydration and essential nutrients can help combat the effects of jet lag, such as fatigue and dehydration.
  8. Skin rejuvenation benefits: Many of our IV drips’ ingredients are potent antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress caused by free radicals, a common cause of skin ageing.
  9. Kickstarts weight loss: A specially formulated drip that contains amino acids such as carnitine and arginine that can help to speed up metabolism, reduce weight and build muscle mass.
  10. Bespoke treatment: At Dr CP Aesthetics, we offer the Intravita vitamin drips, which can address a whole range of specific concerns

Latest Google review for IV Therapy at Dr CP Aesthetics

Within 48 hrs of the treatment, I felt so much better, with loads of energy and my entire mood improved.

“My partner suggested I seek professional help from Dr Claudia after a period of lethargy following a short illness. After a Teams call I booked myself in for an IV Nutrition Therapy with Glutathione.

The atmosphere during treatment was very pleasant, highly professional and everything you would expect from a private practice. Dr Claudia clearly demonstrates experience gained as a GP and everything was directed at my needs / requirements and not in any way about any upselling or add-ons.

A big thank you to Dr Claudia and her team as, within 48 hrs of the treatment, I felt so much better, with loads of energy and my entire mood improved.

These treatments are not cheap, but if you care about your welfare, they are worth consideration – be mindful, these treatments cost a very similar amount at far less professional locations so, do yourself a favour and have it done by a totally trained professional – you won’t be disappointed!”

Interested in discovering more about the benefits of IV Therapy?

To find out more about our IV drip range, call 0115 772 2363 or email info@drcp-aesthetics.com to make an appointment at Dr CP Aesthetics.

With the festive season almost upon us, you might be wondering which aesthetic treatment will achieve party perfect skin. Let us take away the stress with our beauty countdown, factoring in when you will see your results and what downtime you can expect.

Party perfect skin: two months to go!

Skin boosters such as Profhilo heralded the latest revolution in aesthetic injectables, but there’s a new treatment that is garnering increasing attention. Polynucleotides are filtered and ultra-purified natural DNA fractions that initiate two vital transformations in how your skin behaves on a cellular level.

First, they initiate your body’s natural fibroblast production, resulting in increased collagen (47% in 23 days) and a thicker, healthier epidermis (52% in 23 days). Secondly, they have anti-inflammatory properties, which stimulates cell renewal. Unlike other injectable treatments, Polynucleotides have potent regenerative powers.

Results: Whilst there is a benefit to having even one syringe of Polynucleotides, we recommend a course of at least three, each spaced three weeks apart.

Downtime: Mild bruising and swelling that should resolve within a day or two.

Party perfect skin: six weeks to go!

With very little in the way of after-effects, The Perfect Peel is practically painless and non-invasive. Peeling happens over the following week, and then your complexion will appear smoother and more revitalised, with a glowing luminescence. We recommend two to three treatments for optimal results, with approximately four weeks in between.

Results: You’ll see an instant improvement after your skin has stopped peeling, but results will continue to improve over the following four to six weeks.

Downtime: You can expect three days of intense peeling where you will want to indulge in social downtime. In total, we recommend giving yourself seven days to peel before your visibly improved complexion is revealed.

Party perfect skin: four weeks to go!

Anti-wrinkle injections are the most popular aesthetic treatments as they are such an effective way to smooth dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines. They work by temporarily blocking signals from the nerves to our muscles, which constantly contract and relax as we make facial expressions. By relaxing these muscles, the overlying skin becomes smoother.

Results: Anti-wrinkle injections can take up to seven to 14 days to work, but we always err on the side of caution, so offer a two-week review to assess whether further treatment is required.
Downtime: Mild redness and swelling at the injection site, which should resolve within 24 hours. Bruising is a common complication after anti-wrinkle injections and occurs with even the most skilled injector. It should disappear after a few days to a week and can be camouflaged with make-up.

Party perfect skin: two weeks to go!

Many skin rejuvenation treatments work by stimulating collagen and elastin production or increasing cell turnover so they can take weeks or months before you’ll see the final results. Dermal fillers, however, are a fantastic aesthetic procedure before the festive season or a big event such as a wedding, as they can quickly produce dramatic results by replacing lost facial volume and smoothing lines and wrinkles.

Results: Instant although will continue to improve for up to two weeks as the product softens and settles in the dermis.

Downtime: Redness and swelling at the injection site, which should disappear within a day. We advise you not to wear make-up for 24 hours, and bruising is always a potential complication of any aesthetic injectable, so you mustn’t book your filler appointment immediately before the big Christmas party.

Party perfect skin: one week to go!

Late nights and too many sugary cocktails can quickly dehydrate the skin, making it look dull and tired. IV Nutrition Therapy not only gives you an instant pick-me-up, but it can also make your complexion look glowing and hydrated.

Our Glutathione IV Drip has many skin benefits, including skin brightening and nourishing. This master antioxidant also detoxifies the liver, which helps to improve skin tone.

Results: Immediate glow-up!
Downtime: None

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just won 2023’s Leading Aesthetic Practitioner for the East Midlands in the Global Excellence Awards from Global Health & Pharma. Launched in 2020, these awards recognise clinics, teams and individuals that are excelling in the healthcare sector.

Before starting Dr CP Aesthetics, Dr Claudia Petillon had over 20 years’ experience as a GP and applies the same standards of patient care, safety and clinical excellence in the field of cosmetic medicine.

Although Botox has become synonymous with smoothing wrinkles, it’s had a surprising history and it is still used to treat some serious medical issues. Botox is made from the toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The toxin causes certain muscles to become weakened by blocking the signals from nerves to those muscles.

The bacterium was first discovered in 1897 when a group of Belgians become ill after eating spoilt ham. It was then isolated and purified by US scientists during World War II and tests were conducted into its possible use over the following decades.

During the 1970s, an American ophthalmologist investigated its use in treating eye impairments such as retinal detachment and strabismus, more commonly known as crossed eyes. In 1987, a Canadian ophthalmologist using Botox to treat blepharospasm realised that an unintended side effect of the drug was that it smoothed the lines around the eyes. Jean Carruthers and her husband, a dermatologist, experimented further with Botox’s wrinkle relaxing effects, and published their first study in 1992.

Very quickly, botulinum toxin’s ability to smooth dynamic wrinkles made it much in demand and Allergan bought the rights to the drug in 1991 and rebranded it as Botox. By 2002, it had received FDA approval for the treatment of forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. However, alongside its aesthetic uses, Botox still has many surprising and serious medical applications.

Botox and alleviating depression

In 2006, the first study was conducted into whether Botox could alleviate depression. In a very small-scale study ten patients with major depression were injected with Botox into their frown and when assessed two months later, nine out of 10 claimed they were no longer depressed and the tenth had experienced and ‘improvement in mood’.

Since then, further studies have investigated the connection and found a positive impact on patients with depression. Rather than it being the case that an improved external appearance is a mood-lifter, it’s believed that ‘facial feedback’ is the cause – basically, the act of frowning makes you unhappier. Another theory is that Botox in the forehead calms the amygdala which is the part of the brain that is activated when depressed.

Botox as migraine drug

In 1992, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills discovered that his Botox patients were also reporting fewer headaches. Allergan tested Botox on those with chronic migraines and it received FDA approval for this usage in 2010. It’s still not exactly proven how Botox alleviates migraines but it’s through that it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters which carry pain signals from your brain.

It’s also now approved by the NHS in the UK for the treatment of chronic migraines in adults. Chronic migraine is defined as having at least 15 days a month where you experience headaches, of which at least eight feature migraine symptoms. Patients must have also tried at least three preventative treatments with no respite from symptoms. The UK’s Migraine Trust indicate that a good response to Botox is a 30-50% reduction in the number and severity of headaches.

Botox for the treatment of hyperhidrosis

Another use for Botox that’s received approval by NICE, the national body that provides healthcare guidance in the UK, is for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. Botox doesn’t treat the underlying cause but, by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that trigger the sweat glands, it can reduce underarm sweat production. Studies have indicated it can reduce it by more than 50% for at least six months.

To book your Botox appointment, call 0115 772 2363.

After the eyes, the area around the mouth, known as the perioral area, is one of the first places that patients become conscious of as they get older. Unsurprisingly, as there are many factors behind ageing around the mouth.

Bony reabsorption of the jaw that flattens the lower face combines with volume loss in the mid-face that causes soft tissues to descend. Decline in our natural levels of collagen and elastin causes the lips and surrounding area to become less plump and the skin to thin. The mouth is also a highly mobile area supported by strong facial muscles that are constantly contracting and relaxing. Lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking can also accelerate ageing.

There are several ways that ageing around the mouth presents and an experienced aesthetic practitioner can advise you on how best to treat them – often a combination of treatments is required.

1. Nasolabial folds

The nasolabial fold is the crease that stretches from the corner of the nose and runs down to the corner of the mouth. Everyone has a nasolabial fold – bar newborns and very young children – but as we get older it starts to deepen as the cheek area flattens and there is a descent in soft tissue. This fold often forms a shadow on the face that can be very ageing.

Your treatment options: Facial threads that lift the mid-face are one option, but a popular and highly effective treatment approach for nasolabial folds are temporary dermal fillers. Dr Claudia can inject filler along the cheekbone to lift the heavy skin that forms the nasolabial fold as well as creating higher, more rounded and youthful-looking cheeks. The other approach is to inject dermal filler directly to reduce the depth of the fold and smooth the area.

2. Marionette lines

The marionette lines are defined as the deep groves that stretch from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Loss of elastin and collagen combined with the overactive facial muscles that surround the mouth make them a common ageing concern from your 40s onwards.

Your treatment options: As with the nasolabial folds, the appearance of marionette lines can be improved by facial threads such as the PDO Thread Lift or dermal fillers injected into the mid-face or directly into the lines.

3. Downturned mouth

Often confused with marionette lines is a downturned mouth where the corners droop, making the patient look perpetually sad or angry when their face is in repose. Volume loss in the cheeks and collagen depletion combine with an overactive muscle known as the depressor anguli oris that runs from the corner of the lips to the chin, to form lines also known as oral commissures

Your treatment options: Dermal fillers can be injected to lift and create structural support to the area, and this can be combined with strategically placed botulinum toxin to relax the muscle that is pulling down the mouth.

4. Thinning lips

Plump, well-defined lips are associated with attractiveness and youthfulness, but as we age our lips start to deflate and thin as we produce less collagen and the cushioning fat pads in our lips shrink.

Your treatment options: Lip augmentation with temporary hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is a very popular treatment with young women wanting enhanced lips, but don’t be nervous about ending up with a trout pout. An experienced aesthetic practitioner can subtly reverse signs of ageing without over-emphasising the mouth and creating an unnatural appearance.

5. Smoker’s lines

Smoker’s lines, also known as lipstick lines or barcode lines, are the very fine vertical lines that appear around the mouth, particularly on the upper lip. These common signs of ageing are due to loss of collagen and elastin combined with the constant pouting and puckering of the mouth – even when a patient hasn’t ever smoked!

Your treatment options: Temporary hyaluronic acid fillers in their finest consistency can be used to plump up this area. Botox can also be carefully administered to reduce the constant muscle contractions, causing the lines to soften and smooth. But for improving these very fine lines, 3D Dermaforce Microneedling/RF is an advanced method of skin rejuvenation that stimulates the body’s natural healing process to encourage collagen production in the dermis resulting in rejuvenated and tighter skin.

New to Dr CP Aesthetics is Lynton Laser’s 3JUVE which combines three skin rejuventation technologies – Fractional Laser, IPL and RadioFrequency – for the effective treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.

For more advice on reversing ageing around the mouth, call 0115 772 2363 to make an appointment with Dr CP.

Weight loss drug Ozempic has been heralded as a miracle cure for people struggling with obesity and associated conditions such as type 2 diabetes. In March, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) approved the use of semaglutide, the active ingredient in Ozempic, for adults that have a high BMI combined with at least one weight-related comorbidity.

Semaglutide works differently to other previous weight loss treatments. It mimics a hormone that is produced in the gut after food consumption. As a result, it reduces the appetite and leaves you feel fuller for longer. Administered through a once-weekly injection, it also manages insulin levels and, at its highest dose, is proven to cause up to 10 kg weight loss in about one-third of users.

Although Ozempic is considered a relatively safe medication, it has can have several unpleasant side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation. The rapid and extreme weight loss that typically results from taking Ozempic also causes facial fat to deplete and skin to sag. The term ‘Ozempic face’ has now been coined to describe the gaunt, ageing look associated with drastic weight loss.

How does facial fat loss affect ageing?

Traditionally, it was believed that ageing was down to our skin and other facial tissues succumbing to the effects of gravity. Now evidence suggests that loss of facial fat is the real culprit – both just under the surface of the skin and in the deeper facial compartments.

In a 2021 study published in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, US cosmetic surgeons took CT scans of patients on two occasions at least a decade apart to measure changes in the fat deposits in the mid-face. It found that there was definite and measurable loss of mid-face fat volume. In the superficial level of the dermis, fat decreased by an average of 11.3% and in the deep facial fat compartment it decreased by an average of 18.4%.

This fat loss coupled with depletion of collagen and elastin that provide support and elasticity in the skin, leads to flattening of the mid-face, nasolabial folds appearing and softening of the jawline. Rapid weight loss – whether due to Ozempic or otherwise – accelerates this process.

Treatments to address facial fat loss

The reduction and shifting of facial fat can be addressed in two ways. Firstly, volume loss can be addressed with carefully injected dermal fillers. Composed of hyaluronic acid, temporary dermal fillers injected into the mid-face can revolumise the cheeks which effectively minimise nose to mouth lines and jowls.

The other approach, often performed in combination with dermal fillers, is to stimulate production of new collagen which produces a subtle and natural lifting and tightening of the facial tissues. Viscoderm Hydrobooster and Profhilo are composed of pure hyaluronic acid and, as well as hydrating the skin, they induce collagen synthesis which in turn bio remodels the facial tissues, so the face looks more lifted and plumper.

For more advice on how to combat facial ageing, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr CP Aesthetics.