When it comes to aesthetics and enhancement we’ve learned from the media that it pays to play it safe and do your research before entering into any non-surgical procedure. Luckily, here in the North East we’re blessed with some of the best practitioners in the UK.
Newcastle has become something of a hub for boutique aesthetics and is home to some big players making waves on the scene. One of these is Luisa Scott of Newcastle Skin Clinic, which serves clientele from all over the country and sometimes further afield.
I’ve come to know Luisa pretty well and there’s barely a week goes by that we don’t hang out. We meet regularly, drink cold brewed coffee, gym and chat; but this time, she’s more excitable than usual….
“I’ve been told I’ve been nominated for an award but I need you to search for it and tell me if it’s for real” she says loudly. After a bit of searching, a bit of questioning and the obligatory screenshot as evidence, we establish that it is definitely, very real. Luisa / Newcastle Skin Clinic are nominated in three categories of the prestigious “My Face My Body” Awards (Best Customer Experience, Best Aesthetic Clinic North & Best Non-surgical Makeover), which are decided by a combination of public vote and industry specialist panel. She’s also been shortlisted for The Institute Hyalual Award for Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of the Year in the big one, The Aesthetic Awards; this she tells me, is the Oscars of the aesthetic Industry. She swiftly follows this up with “I won’t win”, which I answer with an eyeroll.
Let me give you a little background: Newcastle Skin Clinic is a relatively new player on the aesthetics field and at 35 years old, Luisa is the youngest Chair of the BACN but she’s earned her stripes. After practicing as Harrod’s Medi-Spa’s Lead Aesthetic Practitioner she returned to her hometown to set up her own clinic offering standard and bespoke treatments based on demand and thus, Newcastle Skin Clinic was born. She’s become a firm favourite of many of the Geordie Shore cast with Marnie Simpson recently saying that she trusts a select few practitioners with her face, Luisa being one of them.
Luisa tells me she chose aesthetics as a career for two reasons: the first is making a difference to people’s lives and the second is freedom. “So I can still work on my music” I laugh at this, picturing the time she dressed as Kylie Minogue for a costume party. Seriously though, Luisa is also a pretty awesome DJ and it’s something she doesn’t want to give up. “This way I can do both” she says.
Luisa is happiest when she’s learning; she’s always asking “why not?” and seeks out opportunities to pioneer new treatments to treat causes rather than symptoms. Take her latest Eyedration treatment for example – it’s a standard Teartrough treatment that’s been tweaked and taken up a notch to amplify results.
Fast forward to 2016 and here we are. Luisa is literally ecstatic at her nominations and can’t quite believe it; she tells me she’s in amongst some of her idols and that just being nominated is recognition for her. She shows me pictures of the case study for which she’s been nominated, it’s a before and after picture of a patient who has been receiving a brand new treatment for the undereye area, a patient who had been considering a facelift, and the difference is staggering. “Great isn’t it?” she says smiling.
She’s also the woman behind my awesome (yes, I said it) eyebrows. About a year ago she said to me “We need to do something about those eyebrows, I’m going to get you something” and long story short, I never actually realised how freaking awful my brows were until now. See for yourself….
Luisa offers a full suite of aesthetic treatments including staples such as Botox, Dermal Fillers, Lip Fillers and Eyelash Serum but the clinic is working on introducing a new range of seasonal treatments based on customer demand, the latest being Vitamin B12 shots and bespoke Vitamin Drips based on a cocktail menu. Anyone familiar with the Clinic will know that Lip Filler is Luisa’s specialty. Known to her clients as “Luisa Lips” she has an artistic flair recognised and acknowledged by Juvederm, the manufacturer of the filler she uses and her clients come back time and time again for her signature ApocaLips. I should know, I’m one of them.
In the aesthetics industry recognition is awesome, winning the award is another thing altogether. So, if you’re a patient of Newcastle Skin Clinic, an admirer of their work, or you’re impressed by the case study that earned Luisa her nomination then please Voyeurs, go vote in the awards and keep your eyes on social media for the results.
Also, it’s worth noting that Newcastle Skin Clinic often host a late night clinic where they broadcast live treatments using the hashtag #NSCLive so if you’re fascinated by this kind of stuff, be sure to watch.