Living through a pandemic and three lockdowns in the space of a year has taken a toll on many Brits’ health and wellbeing. As well as affecting the mental and physical health of the nation, it seems that lockdown is the gift that keeps on giving, in that it has also aged us with what internationally-renowned, Harley Street aesthetics expert Dr Yursa has termed “Pandemic Droop.” 

Last year two independent surveys commissioned by cosmetics companies suggested that six million Brits fear that lockdown has aged their looks by at least five years.

Prolonged stress, increased screen time and fighting back the boredom with food and drink are just some of the reasons why many are emerging from the pandemic looking far from fresh-faced. Chronic stress harms the integrity of the collagen in your skin. Collagen gives your skin elastic support and when this breaks down, skin appears thinner and shows the signs of ageing, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing.

6 ways lockdown has aged us 

1. More stress

2. Poor diet & drinking

3. Less exercise

4. Less sleep

5. More screen time

6. Maskne 

Dr Yusra says “I am currently seeing more clients than ever affected by Pandemic Droop and concerned about the visible signs of ageing brought on by the stress of lockdown. Dark circles, tech neck, dull skin, sunken hollows and lockdown weight gain are some of my clients’ top concerns.”

She adds: “We often see the first signs of ageing in the area of the face often referred to as ‘the triangle of youth’. As we age this youthful triangle becomes inverted and the face becomes more oblong, cheeks flatten due to midface volume loss and jowls appear due to the descent of superficial fat pads and recession of the chin. The lower face and jawline becomes square and the triangle inverts.”

6 signs of Pandemic Droop 

1. Wrinkles

2. Dark circles & sunken hollows

3. Loss of facial fat padding

4. Weight gain

5. Tech neck

6. Dull skin

However, Dr Yusra advises that Pandemic Droop can be slowed down and, in some cases, reversed through non-invasive treatments and non-surgical tweakments, such as bioremodelling, radiofrequency and microneedling. Also switching to medical grade skincare and using a SPF daily can make a huge difference.”

Here, Dr Yusra shares the best ways to address Pandemic Droop and get your glow back:

6 things you can do to prevent Pandemic Droop

1. Reduce stress

2. Manage blue light exposure

3. Wear SPF daily

4. Wear sunglasses

5. Get your beauty sleep

6. Vitamin D supplements

6 things you can do to reverse Pandemic Droop

1. Upgrade to medical grade skincare 

2. Eat a Mediterranean diet

3. Take regular intensive exercise

4. Make time to meditate & have ‘me time’

5. Book in an ULTRAcel treatment

6. Invest in injectables

6 products to invest in, coming out of lockdown

1. Mineral SPF – Colourscience face shield (plus an SPF spray)

2. Retinol – Obaji Retinol

3. Vitamin C – Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

4. Niacinamide – Skinceuticals Niacinamide Discolouration Defense Serum

5. Liquid exfoliant (Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Polyhydroxy acid) – Exfoderm forte by Obaji

6. UV blocking sunglasses

6 aesthetics treatments to invest in to get your pre-lockdown glow back

1. Skin booster hyaluronic acid injections to rehydrate skin

2. Profhilo fillers

3. Dark circle correction

4. Chemical skin peel

5. INTRACEL radiofrequency and microneedling

6. ULTRAcel face tightening and lifting

To find out more, or to book an appointment at the Dr Yusra clinic centre of excellence, contact us. 

Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar

Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar

Dr Yusra is a distinguished dental surgeon and a skilled medical aesthetic clinician with a wealth of experience in maxillofacial head and neck surgery and skin cancer surgery. She holds an impressive academic background, having graduated with first-class honours in Medical Science and Healthcare Management from Imperial College London and earned Honours and Distinction as a dental surgeon from King’s College London. Dr Yusra is a Level 7 Trainer in medical aesthetics, in line with Ofqual guidelines, and is renowned for her expertise in providing natural-looking non-surgical facelifts and a range of aesthetic treatments. Her commitment to patient well-being and safety is unwavering, making her a trusted practitioner in the field.

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Kinga Podczaszynska
Kinga Podczaszynska
30 April 2024
I would like to say big thank you for Dr Yusra for today’s appointment and your professional opinion , definitely recommend
Mevish Arif
Mevish Arif
29 April 2024
Very good experience, made me feel very comfortable . Realistic expectations and Dr Yusra has a good eye and procedure was done professionally with the utmost care .
Hafsa Noreen
Hafsa Noreen
18 April 2024
I visited the Liverpool clinic for NSR treatment with Dr Lauren she was lovely welcoming and very talented. She went through everything with me in great detail and ensured I was comfortable and getting the right treatment, we discussed my concerns before the treatment so I felt very safe and knew I was in the best hands. I’m happy with the outcome and not to forget the follow up care and call which I didn’t expect. My advice is if you are thinking of getting any treatment then stick with the best professionals in the business and Dr Lauren is an asset to Dr Yusra’s team.
Beth Snape
Beth Snape
24 March 2024
I have been going to dr yursa since 2022 starting with nose filler and now nose and chin filler and facials! The only team I would trust with my face super helpful and advise on treatments personalised to you and have seen massive improvements in my confidence but also visually with my skin! Thankyou x
18 March 2024
I had a consultation and enzyme peel with Olivia. The consultation was very informative and helped tweak my skincare routine. The enzyme peel has rejuvenated my skin and was very relaxing.
E Khan
E Khan
10 March 2024
Had very bad hallow eyes and dr yusra and her team were amazing with the process. Being a man it can feel uncomfortable to consider these procedures but they do everything to make it as smooth and comfortable as possible. Listen to the advice! Dr yusra analysed my face and realised it was cheeks that needed some help and not the under eyes, its given me such a fresh younger look and I couldn't be happier with the results!
29 February 2024
Title: Exceptional Aesthetic Experience I recently had an aesthetic treatment at Dr Yusra Clinic, and I cannot express enough how pleased I am with the entire experience. From the moment I walked in, the staff displayed a level of professionalism and kindness that instantly put me at ease. Dr. Yusra, in particular, went above and beyond in ensuring my comfort. She took the time to calm my nerves and spent an extended period discussing my reasons for seeking the treatment. What truly set her apart was her thorough explanation of the treatment process. She didn't just outline the procedure; she made sure I understood every aspect, leaving no room for uncertainties. Dr. Yusra's genuine care for her patients was evident throughout the consultation. I felt valued and reassured, not just as a client, but as someone she genuinely cared about. She took the time to discuss various products, explaining why each was the best fit for me. Additionally, she offered valuable advice on other concerns I had, demonstrating a holistic approach to my well-being. One of the most comforting aspects of the consultation was the lack of pressure to proceed with the treatment. Dr. Yusra allowed me the time to carefully assess the costs involved and make a decision that I felt comfortable with. Her advice was not only honest but also presented in a factual and easily understandable manner. In conclusion, my experience at Dr Yusra Clinic exceeded my expectations. Dr. Yusra and the entire staff made me feel more important than just a client, providing a level of personalised care that is truly commendable. I highly recommend their services for anyone seeking not only effective aesthetic treatments but also a compassionate and considerate approach to patient care.
Ariana Fraval
Ariana Fraval
27 February 2024
Wow well what can I say? What a lovely lady Dr Yusra is and so talented! She went through everything with me in SUCH detail and analysis in a way I have not experienced before, so before the treatment I felt very safe and sure she would do a great job. She did! I’m so happy with the teaks to my nose which has been wonky for years after several breaks. She also covered my whole face and discussed many areas where there was volume loss, or over active muscles etc. She was wonderful and I will definitely be booking in with her again! Thankyou SO much Dr Yusra!
Jemma Milne
Jemma Milne
22 February 2024
I have met Dr Yusra on 3 occasions now and each time she has immediately made me feel at ease, she is so friendly and approachable and has advised me on exactly what treatments would suit me personally. She has maintained a natural look which I love and her knowledge is second to none. I would highly recommended Dr Yusra to anyone. A stunning clinic.
Anisa Ali
Anisa Ali
19 February 2024
Dr Yusra was absolutely amazing at the liverpool clinic. From the staff on reception, all the way to the entire procedure being completed, it was a very swift and efficient service. She made me feel completely comfortable and explained everything very well. Thank you for the amazing service.