The number of men turning to cosmetic surgery each year is rising. And with incredible doctors, making small but effective adjustments it is easier than ever. Last month I visited Dr. Katherine Taylor-Barnes at Real You, her brand new clinic in Richmond. She’s known for producing some of the most attractive and natural looking lips and faces across London and Surrey. Keep reading to see what I had done and how the process went.
Dr. Kathryn Taylor-Barnes is a fully qualified and General Practitioner in Richmond with over 14 years of specialty experience in anti-wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers and Botox. When choosing a doctor, always look at their experience and qualifications. Kathryn’s include MBBCh, BAO, LRCPISI, DCH, DFFP, DRCOG, MRCGP and PgDiploma Medical Ultrasound, so I knew I’d be in safe hands.
Kathryn is friendly, warm and welcoming and makes you feel completely at ease. She'll speak to you about what you want and what you're looking to achieve and will tell you what is appropriate.
Kathryn created the Real You clinic in 2004 offering aesthetic treatments and has perfected her skills in lip enhancement for both men and women. She’s recently relocated to a beautifully bright, airy and relaxing new clinic Richmond, a stone’s throw from St Margarets train station. It features Kathryn's room upstairs with treatment rooms for facials and SkinGlow Beauty Clinic on the ground floor and lower level. Head over to the SkinGlow website to see more facial treatments and services they have to offer.
I was naturally nervous, as I’ve never been injected in the face before and the sight of a needle made my knees go weak. But, I didn’t feel a thing and it was over with pretty quickly. Numbing cream or injected numbing is given to the lips and surrounding area and this kicks in within around 20 minutes, leaving you feeling like your lips are now 5 times the size! But they're not, this is just an illusion, which is perfect because when it comes to injecting the filler into your lips, you won't feel a thing!
I also chose the have Botox in the area above the lip in order to freeze the muscles that were causing harsher lines to form in that area. Always talk with your doctor about what they feel is necessary and make sure that you can trust their opinion!
The product chosen for me is called Juvéderm® VOLUMA® with Lidocaine. A filler which replenishes lost skin volume and an injectable hyaluronic acid volumiser that adds fullness to areas that need a little more support or enhancement. The lifting effects of this last up to 18 months. In comparison with earlier Juvéderm® products, this one has a much more natural feel and I was told that I wouldn't feel the difference between my current lips and the product.
With absolutely no discomfort afterwards and a week of swelling in the morning (due to sleeping on the side of my face and kissing) the effects of the Botox became noticeable and my lips were starting to form nicely.
After two weeks, I’m completely happy with the result and quite enjoyed the process. It show’s that Dr Kathryn isn’t just an amazing doctor but a great mathematician too, she’s managed to make my upper lip even and both fuller when I smile too. The natural feel of the product really works and they feel 100% like my lips.
Now there’s a happy customer.
Visit Dr Kathryn's website here or her Instagram here, or for more information don't hesitate to email her to book in a consultation, she's happy to help and will be able to answer any questions you may have!