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Weight Gain & Skin Problems: The Unwanted Side Effects Of A Pandemic

Skin problems and excess weight may not be the worst thing to come out of the last year, but they can still make you feel self-conscious and unhappy. Acne, flaking skin, worry lines, wrinkles and excess belly fat are common side effects of stress, loss of routine and lockdown.

As the UK starts to enter the phased return to ‘normal’ life, it’s the perfect time to start planning how to get back in shape and come out of lockdown looking and feeling great about your body.

Here at Elite Aesthetics, we’re busy getting ready to welcome you back to the clinic in April, as set out in the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown

Since the latest announcement, we’ve received lots of questions about the most common lockdown side effects – skin problems and weight gain. So we thought we’d write a blog post to help you understand why these problems occur –  and offer you some solutions!

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Lockdown lbs

Between the lack of commute and the proximity of the kitchen, 48% of people asked gained weight over lockdown, according to a survey carried out by King’s College and Ipos MORI.

You may hate rush hour, but even the dash from home to the train or bus stop adds steps to your pedometer each day. With commutes shortened to just a stumble from your bedroom to your desk, you’re losing an average of 50,000 steps a day. If you factor in an increase in snacking and convenience food consumption, it’s no surprise that you may find your pre-lockdown clothes a bit snug.

Building in an exercise regime and ditching the Pringles is certainly the right way to go – but if you have some stubborn areas where the lbs just won’t shift then, don’t worry. There’s a simple, painless solution. 

Fat Freezing Before and After

The Solution – 3D Lipo

3D Lipo is a revolutionary treatment that uses five different methods to totally eliminate fat cells. By incorporating Cryolipolysis (also called fat freezing), Ultrasound Cavitation and Radiofrequency, 3D lipo takes a complete and targeted approach to fat reduction. You can read all about the multi-faceted fat removal treatment in this blog post here.


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Mask Face & Maskne

With everything that coronavirus brought with it, the effects on our skin health wasn’t an anticipated one. And it’s not just the actual virus that’s wreaking havoc – the PPE we’ve all had to wear is too.

Although face masks have been an essential weapon in the fight against spreading infection, wearing one for a prolonged time can really aggravate your skin, causing a range of skin problems including…


Adult acne is one of the most common skin problems we see, and mask-wearing has exacerbated the issue.

Why does it happen? Well, as you expel your breath you create a moist and humid environment – ideal for breeding the bacteria that causes spots. Add the fact that a mask traps sebum (natural oils), dead skin and dirt and you have the perfect recipe for acne breakouts – or maskne as some are calling it.

These breakouts tend to affect the area covered by your mask – your chin, jawline, mouth and nose. 

Dry Skin

Wearing a mask for a long time can cause skin dryness too – your expelled breath can upset your skin’s PH balance, making the covered area sensitive, dry and flaky.

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The Solution – The HydraFacial

If maskne or dry, dull skin is getting you down, then a good skin detox can help to combat spots and manage blocked pores – and the most effective way to do that is with a facial. But not just any facial…

The HydraFacial is a firm favourite with celebrities like Beyonce and Kate Winslet and is one of our most popular skin treatments because it not only leaves you with radiant, glowing skin, it also cleans deep into the pores, so your overall skin health is improved.

The HydraFacial starts with a deep cleanse to remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the skin. Next, a solution is applied to the skin to break down any remaining oil that’s clogging your pores. Then, deep impurities are extracted using a HydroPeel Tip (there are different tips used to treat different skin problems) and lastly, a range of serums are applied.

The HydraFacial is a relaxing treatment that significantly improves your skin’s condition and health. To find out more about it click here…

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Zoom Gloom

Have you ever sat in the hairdresser’s chair as you got styled and spotted the odd grey hair or new wrinkle? You tend to notice these things more as you’re sat for a long time with nothing but yourself to look at.

Pre-Covid, you could leave the salon with a fresh do and forget all about that wayward wrinkle if you wanted to. Nowadays, however, the need for frequent Zoom or online meetings will bring you face to face with yourself daily.

The trouble with seeing yourself so much is that you can start to feel self-conscious. There are measures you can take to give yourself a more flattering online appearance, such as raising your laptop level with your face so you’re not looking downwards into the camera or investing in a good ring light to help with poor lighting.

But if you want to make a long-term change to your skin problems, then we have treatment options that can help combat the signs of ageing and give you more radiant, youthful skin without the need for surgery.

The Solutions – Dermal Fillers

As you age, the structure that supports your skin begins to degrade, leaving you with skin problems such as lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers quite literally, fill the void left by this process and encourage collagen regeneration, giving you plump, smooth skin.


Dermal fillers are a quick and easy way to transform your face. There’s very little recovery time and the results are instant. To find out more about dermal fillers click here…

Profhilo Before and After

Thread Lift

A PDO thread lift is one of the latest developments in cosmetic treatments. This technique has received rave reviews thanks to the incredible results. Think of it like a non-surgical facelift…

The thread lift works in two ways; the first is the lift that comes from the medical-grade sutures. These sutures are ‘threaded’ in the subdermal layers of your skin and positioned to provide support. Skin immediately looks more youthful, with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

The second stage comes as the sutures dissolve. This process stimulates the production of collagen in the area, so your body naturally creates firmer skin. If you would like to learn more about the PDO thread lift, read our blog post here

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We’re Here To Help You…
So, if you’ve found that lockdown has caused skin problems or added unwanted weight, we’d love to help.

Our beautiful cosmetic clinic is situated in Greenhithe, Kent and we’re easily accessible from Dartford and Gravesend stations (both just 10 minutes away), Maidstone (just 15 minutes) and London (20 minutes).

Please get in touch to arrange a consultation with our professional, discreet clinicians.

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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.

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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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