It's not surprising, given that non-surgical treatments can provide similar results to surgery, without many of the risks, pain or cost. After two years of zoom calls, Instagram filters, months of ‘yassification’ viral trends, plus the stress of the pandemic itself, it’s no wonder we’re looking for something to lighten and brighten our faces. Of course, the results of non-surgical treatments are temporary with both Botox and fillers wearing off after six to nine months, which might actually suit some people better.
This is where Dr Sophie Shotter comes in. Based in the infamous Harley Street, Dr Sophie Shotter offers the latest innovative, non-surgical treatments for the face to treat both men and women. Dr Shotter specialises in soft, subtle, natural facial rejuvenation and body contouring procedures and has built a strong reputation amongst her peers and across the aesthetic industry. Dr Shotter uses injectables to restore volume, reduce wrinkles, and rejuvenate the face to give it a more youthful appearance. Fillers can be injected in various areas of the face, including in the cheeks, along the jawline, and in nasolabial folds, lips, and temples to selectively volumise, lift and sculpt.
I opted for the chin and jawline filler, which may seem an unlikely place to inject dermal fillers but thanks to innovative techniques, Doctors are now turning their attention to this area more and more to improve the structure and balance of the face. Using filler in the lower part of a weak or receding jawbone can project the chin further forward and improve the side profile, balancing it with the other features of the face. This technique works well for both men and women, and it is a beneficial method for counteracting the bone resorption in the chin that creeps in with age.
After my consultation, Dr Shotter cleans my skin before applying numbing cream to the area, which takes around 8-10 mins to work, then injecting the dermal filler into five key points around the chin, jaw and under my bottom lip on the right side to balance the symmetry to my face. I could see the results straight away, I looked refreshed and symmetrical! I was told to not wear makeup or go in the sun for 24 hours – so if you’re thinking about getting fillers, do so when you can hide away for 24 hours. The full results took around 2-4 weeks to settle, for a while I thought the right side of my chin was noticeably longer but after around 2 weeks it settled into place.
"The collective appetite for aesthetic treatments has steadily risen over the last eighteen months, which is hardly surprising considering we all spent well over a year looking at our tired and traumatised faces on Zoom calls."
Says Dr Shotter,
"Aesthetic procedures are now also considered by many to be a routine part of their anti-ageing regime. In both of my clinics, I have seen a tidal wave of women in their thirties and forties who want to get a head start on their anti-ageing process. They are looking to start investing in their collagen bank for the future and prevent signs of ageing before they occur."
10 Harley St, London W1G 9PF