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What To Look For In An Aesthetic Clinic In 5 Simple Steps

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Are you thinking about having an aesthetic treatment to combat signs of ageing? If you are then you’ll want to know how to find the best aesthetic clinic to suit your needs.

Finding the right place can be difficult. Whether you’re looking to reduce lines and wrinkles, rejuvenate your skin or simply get pampered, you’ll want to know what treatments are best and which aesthetic clinic is the right place to get them. 

There’s a huge choice out there and unfortunately, many aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers, aren’t regulated – meaning anyone can do them!  So it’s important to find the most qualified person to carry out your procedure.

There is a growing demand for clearer legislation, but in the meantime, the good news is that there are many credible clinics out there with qualified practitioners who are completely transparent about their services and abilities. So, how do you find them?

What To Look For – 5 Simple Steps

Reputable clinics are so easy to find once you know what to look for. In this blog, we will outline 5 of the most important things that you should be looking for before booking any procedure.

1 – Accreditations

Look for qualifications and accreditations. If you’re receiving any kind of cosmetic procedure then you’ll want to make sure that you receive safe, compassionate and high-quality care. 

You can easily do this by checking if your aesthetic clinic or practitioner is registered on any of these lists.

  • The CQC (Care Quality Commission) regulates cosmetic treatments carried out by a healthcare professional. To be registered, they must supply certain information like their medical qualifications and insurance details.
  • Save Face Register is a national register of accredited practitioners who provide non-surgical treatments such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
  • GMC (General Medical Council) is a medical register of a list of doctors in the UK showing their registration status, training and other information.

Registration with any of these means the clinic has to adhere to strict standards of care. 

2 – Doctor-Led Clinics

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Finding a doctor-led aesthetic clinic is one way to ensure that you’ll find a practitioner who has the right background to offer the best advice and treatments. They protect your long-term health and well-being, and they also carry all of the appropriate medical indemnity insurance.

Using a doctor-led clinic means that they are more qualified to recognise skin conditions and can advise the best course of action to improve your look based on medical knowledge. They often have a wider range of treatments available, as some procedures such as thread lifts, should only be performed by a doctor. 

3 – An Ethos That Matches Yours

Most clients that choose non-invasive procedures want a natural look. And whatever you’re end goal is, it’s best to find an aesthetic clinic that shares your values and offers you the results that you want.

Make sure that your needs are respected above all else and that you’re offered thorough advice and after-care. 

4 – Recommendations And Reviews

An aesthetic clinic can promise you a lot, but the best way to tell if they can deliver is to see what they’ve done for others. Seek out before and afters, reviews, client testimonials and recommendations on social media platforms or websites such as Google.

5 – Patient-Focused Clinic

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Look for a patient-led aesthetic clinic as they tend to have greater respect for your values, needs and preferences. 

A patient-focused aesthetic clinic will have you feeling like a VIP, not just another number. This can be seen with free follow-up appointments, early access to new treatments or they might even celebrate your birthday with a little treat!

How To Choose The Right Aesthetic Clinic

If you’ve followed the 5 steps above then you’ve no doubt narrowed it down to a few potential clinics. But how do you actually choose the right one?

Independent research, for example looking at their website, their reviews, and their social media will only get you so far. The most important thing is to visit the clinic. 

Arrange a face-to-face consultation as soon as possible. You’re under no obligation to have a procedure with them and all reputable clinics will conduct a thorough consultation before booking you in.

A consultation is your chance to ask all your questions. To find out as much as you can about their qualifications, their expertise, what they can offer you and what their ethos is.

You have to feel comfortable with the person doing your treatment. No matter how good a reputation they have with others, it’s you that needs to feel comfortable and trust that you’re going to get the best results. 

After your consultation ask yourself: Do you feel comfortable? Understood? Happy with the entire process.

If the answer is yes then congratulations! You’ve found the right aesthetic clinic.

The Essential Checklist

Follow this simple checklist before you book into an aesthetic clinic.

  • Check Their Accreditations – Ask what qualifications they have. Are they qualified specialists? Are they on the CQC, Save Face and GMC register?
  • Read The Reviews – You’ll tell the most about their treatments by what they’ve achieved with past clients and what people say about them.
  • Are They Doctor-Led – A doctor-led clinic holds all the right insurance, medical know-how and experience to offer the best treatments and advice. A doctor-led clinic will also be able to offer a wider variety of treatments.
  • Are They Patient-Focused? – You need to feel like a VIP, you should feel understood and prepared entirely before any treatment.
  • Does Their Ethos Match Yours? – Do they understand your wants and needs? Do they share the same values as you?
  • Book A Consultation – Meet with them face to face so you can ask questions and fully prepare ahead of your treatment.

At Elite Aesthetics, Dr Shirin Lakhani is a practicing GP and trained aesthetic physician. She is registered with the GMC and is fully insured, following the GMC Good Medical Practice guidelines ensuring quality service with an honest, ethical approach.

You can also read our many fantastic reviews over on our testimonials page.

If you’re interested in hearing more about what Elite Aesthetics can offer you, then you can book a consultation here. Our consultations are held in our award-winning clinic based in Greenhithe, Kent which is just 20 minutes away by train from St. Pancras London.


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4.97/5 from 1229 reviews

Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

To find out more about how we’ve put a smile on customers faces in the past, read our testimonials below for first-hand accounts of a variety of our treatments. You can also find out more about what we think at Elite on our blog, as well as reading more about what the press says about us. Our delighted clients hail from areas including Greenhithe, Dartford, Gravesend, Bromley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, and West Malling – as well as from further afield.

Read How I Improved My Lichen Sclerosus

Had a consultation with Elite yesterday, I must say I was a bit nervous, but Dr Shirin was so friendly and helpful.
I was given lots of advice and was given treatment options that were within my budget.
A few weeks after the P Shot I've really started to see a difference and have gained my confidence back.

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Elite is an outstanding professional clinic with high standard treatments. All the staff members are friendly and offer you honest opinions when it comes to products and treatments. This is a welcoming clinic that I can 100% recommend. Treatments are spoken through and explained in detail, also aftercare. I have been going nearly a year now and am happy with all the treatments I’ve had, wouldn't go anywhere else. The Bocox treatment started to work within a few days, which I was surprised about. So glad I went to Elite for treatment.



Thank you Dr Shirin, the O Shot has really helped me with my Lichen Sclerosus. I'd heard about the treatment on the LS Facebook Groups and message a few people that had treatment with Dr Shirin. I was like many in the group who had run out of treatment options and using creams on a daily basis. I have to say a few months after treatment, I can see a real positive change and I'm hoping my LS will continue to improve. Dr Shirin did say that I might have to have a second treatment given how severe my case is.




A great discovery in the neighbourhood ! There is no need to go up to London for a beauty treatment of any kind. You'll find a whole range of different treatments suiting all age groups and concerns. Welcoming, reassuring, friendly, professional, high tech. I shall be back for more. I love the results of the Thread Lift I had.


Great service as always, skin is glowing very happy


Very happy with the result of my recent visit. For sure will continue with Elite in future

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

Our practice is led by our founder, Dr. Shirin Lakhani, who is an advocate for greater regulation in the aesthetics industry. Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics believe greater regulation is vital to the development of aesthetics industry as a whole, and as such, our clinic’s philosophy is based on providing doctor-led care to the highest, medically approved standards. We adhere to stringent ethical and medical principles ensuring all the procedures we offer are safe and effective. Dr. Shirin is also fully registered with the GMC (reference number 4634863), and Elite Aesthetics is CQC (Care Quality Commission) Registered, an endorsement recognised by the UK Government, The Department of Health and NHS England.

Elite Aesthetics has been awarded Thread Lift Certification by MINT Threads.

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17:16 05 Jun 23
Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

Margaret QuirkeMargaret Quirke

19:44 11 Apr 23
Great team, friendly and professional. Made me feel very comfortable. They explain everything in detail.very welcoming upon arrival too.I've been going now for a number f weeks and the attitude and cleanliness is consistent. The reception area is always spotless no matter the weather.The staff attitude is always friendly and they put me at great ease

Salima CharifSalima Charif

09:34 30 Mar 23
Good service, honesty and excellent customer service as always 👍

Valerie LambValerie Lamb

08:40 15 Mar 23
Yesterday I had a 'body sculpt' session, to help lymphatic drainage. I was zipped into a suit up to my waist. This massaged and lightly squeezed my feet, ankles, calves, thighs and abdomen. I was breathing oxygen rich air via nasal tubes. It was very relaxing and I slept really well last night. Thank you Elite Aesthetics.

Izzy ChaplinIzzy Chaplin

20:11 09 Mar 23
Today was the first time I visited Elite. The staff were all so friendly and accommodating. Dr. Shirin is so knowledgeable and really helped me understand all the concerns I had. I will definitely be returning. I highly recommend Elite to everyone, especially those concerned with the menopause !


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