A mother-of-three says her decision to start facial aesthetics treatments four months ago has given her a newfound confidence she has never felt before.

Charlotte Ryan, from St Annes, said she has never been a confident person due to always looking different from those around her, but seeing a facial aesthetics practitioner and having precise “tweakments” have enabled her to feel the most confident version of herself.

After starting anti-wrinkle treatment two years ago, Charlotte decided she also wanted to try lip filler.

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However, she knew the process wouldn’t be straightforward for her due to the scarring around her mouth following her cleft lip palate surgery so did a thorough search to find someone suitable to do the treatment.

After extensive research, Charlotte concluded that she would feel much more comfortable seeing a medical professional for fillers rather than an alternative route such as a beautician, and went for treatment at Manchester Cheadle Dental and Implant Clinic, part of Bupa Dental Care.

The 38-year-old district nurse said: “I’ve always lacked in confidence. Being born with a cleft lip and palate has made me self-conscious for many years. I’ve always felt I looked different from others.

"The difference facial aesthetics treatments can make is immense.

"They are not only aesthetic but also psychological, and when I look in the mirror now, I feel so much better about myself – it brings me so much happiness.

“I had a consultation with Dr Ahmed to discuss my desire for lip filler and raise my concerns and apprehensions about the scarring around my mouth.

"She put me at ease straight away from the first consultation and was very much a vessel of information and guidance, telling me everything I needed to know to make my own informed decision.”

Following her first round of lip filler treatment four months ago, Charlotte praised Dr Ahmed’s support throughout and brilliant aftercare.

She added: “Dr Ahmed is the only person I trust for filler treatments thanks to her wealth of knowledge and taking into account my personal medical history."

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Dr Yousrah Ahmed said: “When Charlotte and I discussed treatments, she mentioned how much she suffered psychologically growing up due to her cleft lip and cleft lip palate and felt pressurized to be the same as everyone else.

"Once I heard this, I chose to rebuild her lip and balance the asymmetry to disguise the scar, as it was important to me to help restore Charlotte’s confidence.

“The lip augmentation was difficult for numerous reasons, firstly, due to Charlotte’s previous surgeries, and secondly, due to the scar tissue present in the lip.

"However, by placing filler strategically, the treatment went very well and Charlotte and I are thrilled with the results.

"It was fulfilling to be able to use my skills to help Charlotte with a simple yet effective treatment, and I hope to help other cleft lip palate patients in the future.”

Now Charlotte is looking to revisit Dr Ahmed for a top-up of her lip filler and explore further treatments, including potential jaw and chin filler for more definition.

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Charlotte said: “My lack of confidence due to my cleft lip and cleft lip palate is something I have always struggled with in life.

"Lip filler was a treatment I considered for a long time; however, I found it really difficult to find a practitioner who understands the aesthetic side and the psychological and emotional aspects of facial aesthetic treatments – something I am hugely appreciative of Dr Yousrah Ahmed for.

“As I wanted treatment around my area of concern, ensuring I saw someone qualified and knowledgeable was a priority for me, and after thorough research, Dr Ahmed seemed like the best choice, and I haven’t looked back since.

“She’s a practitioner I completely trust, and it’s opened the door to other treatments for me, such as potential jaw and chin filler, that I look forward to exploring in the future.”

To learn more about the facial aesthetics treatment plans Bupa Dental Care offers, visit: bupa.co.uk/dental/dental-care/treatments/facial-aesthetics