The Facial Aesthetics Clinic are delighted to introduce our new Nurse Practitioner, Ashley Nicholson. Ashley has joined Caroline Mertens, enabling us to respond to the growing demand for aesthetic clinic appointments and maintain our high standards of patient care.

Ashley is a fully qualified nurse, who has undertaken additional training in medical aesthetics. She has a real passion for facial aesthetics and has a specialist interest in subtle lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. As Ashley explains……….

Lips are a vital area of facial aesthetics, and careful treatment is essential to achieve a balanced look, which suits the patient’s individual face shape. No two faces are the same and most of us have a degree of asymmetry. Respecting the unique beauty of the patient’s face, it is possible to sculpt the lips to improve symmetry, correct volume loss or enhance specific features. It is such a rewarding area of practice, with patients commenting on how much more confident they feel, and the difference they notice when they wear lipstick”.


Patients who book in for a free consultation and a subsequent dermal filler lip treatment with Ashley will be eligible for this introductory price, subject to medical suitability. Juvederm Ultra Smile is a high-quality hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed to restore volume, enhance contours and redefine the outline of the lips and lasts for approximately 6 months. It also contains a small amount of lidocaine, a local anaesthetic for comfort.

Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the skin, the hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers is designed to match the body’s own, drawing in water molecules to achieve a plumping and hydrating action in the treatment area. It is gradually broken down by enzyme action in the body.

As with any injectable aesthetic treatments, there is a degree of bruising and swelling afterwards, which varies from patient to patient. It is best to plan ahead and ensure at least a 2-week interval between lip filler treatments and any special occasions to allow bruising and swelling to settle. At 2 weeks all patients are invited for a free review appointment to check the dermal filler has settled well, and gently moulding if required. A full aftercare sheet is given at the time of treatment with a contact telephone number for any queries or concerns.

If you would like any further information, or to book in for a free consultation with Ashley, please call the Bellissima team on 01943 876868. There is a video on YouTube – Juvederm Ultra Smile Testimonials which you may also find helpful.

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