How to get the Love Island look safely, from Botox ‘sprinkles’ to less risky liposuction

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Love Island is over for another year, but its impact is going nowhere – particularly when it comes to the boom in cosmetic treatments.

New research carried out by Safety in Beauty Campaign found that 87% of girls aged 15 to 18 wanted cosmetic treatments after watching Love Island. Worryingly, 92% of these girls said they would undergo treatment regardless of whether it was legally allowed, and were prepared to lie to get it.

The desire to look as Insta-perfect as the Islanders is an issue that OK! columnist Lesley Reynolds, aka the Queen of Harley Street, is well aware of. She reveals how the show's influence is being felt at her Harley Street Skin Clinic, what the risks are if treatments aren't performed properly, and how the Love Island look can be achieved more safely.

Lesley’s verdict on Love Island

This year’s Love Island was once again packed with pillowy lips, pert boobs and curvy butts – and it has fuelled huge demand for cosmetic enhancements.

The increase in patients wanting to book off the back of the show at our clinic alone is astonishing. Enquiries for everything from bottom lifts to breast implants have surged, with a record increase in demand for lip fillers and liposuction.

There’s no doubt that Love Island is a walking, talking advert for cosmetic treatments, with many of the contestants speaking openly about the treatments they've had.

Many of the Love Islander girls wear their makeovers as a badge of honour, but the truth is, the show risks giving younger viewers an unrealistic picture of how they should look.

I’ve lost count of how many patients we’ve had to turn away who are not only too young but are demanding lip injections they do not need. Most are already beautiful with a full, natural pout that needs no enhancement. In many cases injecting dermal fillers would only create deformity.

No two people have the same lips, face, boobs or butts so attempting to copy another person’s features – especially ones which are out of proportion – will look odd, as well as being downright risky.

It’s a dangerous path. If all we see are plumped-up, line-free, wide-eyed and pouty-lipped faces, then we can start to see this as normal, and our own, natural faces seem strange in comparison.

At our clinic, we are treating the Love Island phenomenon the same way we treated the Only Way is Essex phenomenon some years ago, and that’s to give the advice that you should only look like you. We specialise in helping our patients to become the best version of themselves with subtle but effective enhancements that aim to increase self-confidence.

Here’s how to tap into Love Island’s favourite cosmetic trends without coupling up with disaster…

Botox

That deranged, wild-eyed look isn’t normal and happens when too much Botox is injected, often at a client’s request. Other complications from over-injecting include frozen, super-shiny foreheads, drooping eyelids or unnaturally raised eyebrows like Spock from Star Trek.

An experienced doctor will know how much to inject so that you look natural, not frozen. The key is using a lower dosage – often called “baby Botox” – so you are not paralysing but relaxing the muscle. Most doctors now prefer the less is more approach and will suggest a review after two weeks when they can top up if necessary, rather than administering too much in the beginning.

TRY: At my clinic we do a treatment called Sprinkles. It uses about 60% of the usual Botox dose and it is injected all over the skin rather than targeting specific areas. The result is a softer, more relaxed look, with tighter pores, less oil production, lifted features – and no frozen faces. Cost: from £199

Lip Fillers

Over inflated lips usually happen for two reasons – through injectors who do not know what they are doing, or through choice. The danger is when lips are over inflated it can create a permanent problem. Scar tissue can form around lips, making the procedure impossible to reverse. Too much filler can also break the lip border, allowing the filler to leak and create lumps around the mouth. But used correctly, lip fillers give a natural plumpness without the dreaded trout pout.

TRY: When it comes to lips it’s not always about volume, but ensuring there is good definition. Our Lip Restorer treatment uses Teosyal Kiss, made from hyaluronic acid, which adds natural-looking volume, and is also injected around the border of the lip to create a soft, shapely outline. Cost: from £350

Liposuction

Many see liposuction as a fast route to a perfect beach body to bare and share on Instagram. But there are serious risks involved in traditional liposuction, and it is not suitable for everyone. It’s not a magic bullet for weight loss, as most patients lose only about two to five pounds. Liposuction cannot turn a size 16 into a size 10, neither will it get rid of cellulite.

TRY: There are many different liposuction techniques and technologies available today. My preferred method is BodyTite, which is performed under local anaesthesia using small incisions. A radio frequency-transmitting electrode is inserted to liquefy the fat, which is then suctioned out with a cannula. BodyTite has the added bonus of helping to tighten loose skin by stimulating the production of collagen. After surgery you will have to wear a compression garment to speed healing, help control swelling and improve the final result. Cost: from £3,000

For more info on Lesley and her team of doctors click here.

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