CHC Aesthetics, the original home of Essex Laser Lipo, is situated at 35 Alexandra St in Southend-on-Sea, conveniently located near the centre of town with plenty of available parking.  A warm and welcoming atmosphere ensures that your time with us is peaceful and extremely pleasant.

The origins of CHC Aesthetics go back to the early 2000s, when our founding aesthetician Penny Hawker opened the pioneering Cliff House Clinic, one of the first aesthetics clinics in Essex. We opened a second clinic, Essex Laser Lipo, in the 2010s, before moving into our current premises as CHC Aesthetics at 35 Alexandra St, in Southend’s beautiful conservation area. 

Advanced Aesthetic Practitioner, Dr. Tala Khazim, MBBS, MRCGP PGDip (CAIT)
Advanced Aesthetic Practitioner, Dr. Tala Khazim, MBBS, MRCGP PGDip (CAIT)

Now, comprising a team of fully qualified aestheticians providing a full range of body sculpting services and facial aesthetics, with the addition of Dr. Tala Khazim, an advanced facial aesthetician who is a qualified doctor, our award-winning Clinic has never been better placed to offer this unrivalled selection of services.

Awardwinning CHC Aesthetics founder Penny Hawker with members of the team
In July 2021 we were awarded the Prestige award for Aesthetics Clinic Of The Year (Essex).
Clinic founder Penny Hawker with Aesthetics Clinic Of The Year award
Clinic founder, Penny Hawker, proudly holding our Aesthetics Clinic Of The Year award

CHC Aesthetics and its staff are dedicated to providing successful treatments for our clients within a friendly and relaxed environment. We strive to ensure that our clients enjoy the experience of their treatment programmes.

We only employ fully qualified and highly experienced staff, all of whom have passed the exacting legal accreditation courses now required by statute, and we are fully insured. Clinics where the staff are not so well-qualified may not be insurable.

Our Staff Member - Setting up room before treatment
Meet our founder, Penny Hawker

Meet our founder, Penny Hawker

Penny Hawker became interested in face and body aesthetics in the late 1990s, after an interesting and varied career which has included a background in nursing and a highly successful consultancy in the private health insurance profession.

With an enquiring mind and an unquenchable thirst to learn ever more about the fascinating world of aesthetics, Penny has also undertaken training as a psychotherapist, studied nutrition and is actively engaged in “lifestyle” health, writing occasional blogs on the subject.

Penny is a passionate animal lover, has run the London Marathon and regularly attends advanced Pilates and Yoga classes.


Legislation in the UK for aesthetic practitioners where the use of various types of lasers are used are required to hold ITEC level 3 and 4 qualifications in conjunction with the manufacturer’s certification (ITEC is the leading international examination board).

This qualification is required in the UK by law for any aesthetic practitioner to safely operate IPL, Lasers and ND YAG laser treatments for the purposes of skin rejuvenation, hair removal, fat removal and other cosmetic treatments.

The industry requires sych qualifications to ensure that proper insurances can be obtained, and safety measures and professional protocols are adhered to. At CHC Aesthetics we work in conjunction on a consultancy basis with Lipo Body Slender and the New Brook training school, a highly respected body of professionals in aesthetic practices.

We keep up to date with the latest technology by regularly attending advanced aesthetic study days and master classes run by professional bodies in advanced aesthetics. We are also certified by the manufacturers in the proper use of these advanced technologies and techniques and, between us, have decades of expertise that we can confidently say, not many aesthetic clinics can match.

CHC Aesthetics only use superior medical grade machines, serviced on a regular basis as required by law to comply with health and safety regulations. We are also qualified with certificates of excellence in advanced aesthetic practices to safely administer combination treatments. All our certificates are proudly displayed on our Wall of Excellence in the clinic for all to see.


Setting up Lasers for Aesthetic Treatments

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of Our happy clients

* Thank you for my trial on Friday I can't believe that I saw results straight away. I can not wait to come back for my next treatment. My therapist was so friendly & put me at ease. I just wish I had done it sooner!! AMAZING!!! If you are thinking of doing it just try it
Lise D
* I had trial lipo laser and non-surgical face lift this week for my 50th, I cannot believe the results of both straight away and 3 days on still improving. So many people noticed the differents in my face the next day!!! Thank you so much, can't wait to start the course.
Claire B
* Had my trial session this morning and can't believe how much has gone from my stomach already! Penny is welcoming and reassuring. Felt very comfortable the entire time and can't wait to get started on my course of treatments.
Emma P


CHC Aesthetics, 35 Alexandra St, Southend on sea, Essex, SS1 1BW

Opening Hours

Mon - TUE : 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
WED - THU : 9.30 am - 8.00 pm
FRI - SAT : 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Sun: Closed


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