FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Answers to some frequently asked questions.
Q | What are Anti-Wrinkle Injections and how does it work?
A | When Botox® is injected into a muscle it activates a process called selective muscle denervation. This blocks the chemical signal telling the muscle to contract. Therefore, even though the nerve continues to send a signal which requests movement, the tissue does not receive the instruction and the muscle remains still. Over 3-4 months, the muscle gradually grows new receptors which can contract again. Botox® is most effective in the correction of lines which are formed from muscle contractions alone. Because the underlying muscle doesn’t move, the skin above it no longer creases. Botox® does not remove wrinkles which are permanently engraved in the skin, regardless of muscle movement, although it may soften them. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Which areas can be treated with Botox®?
A | Botox® is most effective where lines are formed from muscle contractions alone. It stops the underlying muscle movement, so that the skin doesn't crease. Botox® therefore works very well in the upper face where wrinkles are deepened by smiling and frowning - e.g. frown and laughter lines. However, Botox® can also be used to treat forehead lines, vertical neck bands, grooves above the upper lip and gummy smiles. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | How long does Botox® last?
A | Over 3-5 months, the muscle gradually grows new receptors and is able to contract again. This is the time when Botox® has essentially 'worn off' and treatment can be repeated. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Do I need an initial consultation before my Botox® treatment?
A | Yes, you will meet one of our Aesthetic Nurse Prescribers first for a consultation. It isn’t possible to have the treatment on the same time as the consultation as it requires a prescription, which needs to be ordered from the pharmacy. This can usually be done within a couple of days. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | How long will the process take?
A | The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Is Botox® safe?
A | Yes, when a qualified nurse, doctor or dentist administers it. Be aware that Botox® is a prescription only medicine and it is important to choose a suitably qualified and experienced professional for safe treatment. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Is there any aftercare?
A | Yes, we recommend: 1. Gentle movement of the treated area with mild facial exercises after treatment to enhance results. 2. For the first 2 hours, do not to rub the affected areas. 3. For the first 24 hours, don’t do any vigorous exercise, drink alcohol or have prolonged sun/heat exposure. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Are there any side effects with Botox®?
A | Some, but most are related to the actual act of injecting the skin, not the product itself. These include: minor redness or swelling around the injection site (which vanishes within 1-2hrs), minor bruising on occasions, headaches and a very small risk of infection around the entry point. In very rare cases, clients can experience a temporary droop of the eyelid. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Who should avoid Botox®?
A | There are certain contraindications, including neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis and Parkinson’s Disease, taking certain antibiotics (namely Erythromycin) and blood-thinning medications including Warfarin or Heparin. Your consultation will include taking relevant medical information and any issues will be discussed. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Will my family and friends know I've had Botox®?
A | Many of our patients don't tell anyone they've had treatment. People tend to notice you look 'well”. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Do you do Botox® for excessive sweating?
A | Yes, and this is very popular among male patients. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Will Botox® build up in my system?
A | No this is not the case. In fact, Botox® leaves your body through normal waste processes within a few days. It is the effect of the Botox® on your muscles which last for 3-4 months. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | How long does Botox® last?
A | Usually 3-4 months. In some cases, 6 months. If you are being treated for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the armpits, Botox® usually lasts 8 months. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | Does Botox® hurt?
A | No, we use the smallest needles on the market, and plenty of them so they are sharp and do not blunt, so few customers experience even mild discomfort. We are trained to use a high turnover of needles per client, so bruising is minimised. If you prefer, ice or local anaesthetic cream can be applied to minimise sensation. View our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.
Q | What are dermal fillers?
A | Dermal fillers are made from a soft injectable gel consisting of stabilized, non-animal hyaluronic acid. The gel is tissue-friendly, closely resembling the hyaluronic acid that exists naturally in the body. It is long-lasting but not permanent. Dermal filler treatments are widely used in medical aesthetics to lift, add volume, plump up and reduce the appearance of line and folds. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | What is hyaluronic acid?
A | Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the human body and is central to regulating cell growth and renewal. HA has impact on number of functions in the body, some of which are to bind water, lubricate the movable parts of the body such as muscles and joints and to maintain the elasticity of the skin. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | What are the benefits of dermal filler treatments?
A | Dermal filler injections provide an effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth the skin and give a more youthful appearance. The result of a single treatment can be seen instantly and can last anything from for around 6 to 12 months in the lip and upt 18 months in the rest of the face. Dermal filler injections can give natural looking results that do not affect facial expression. As your face changes over time, dermal fillers allow you to control you looks subtly as you age. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | Are dermal filler treatments safe?
A | Like with any procedure there are risks and side effects associated with hyaluronic acid fillers but these are in general very rare. These issues should be discussed with your aesthetic practitioner to ensure you know he or she is properly qualified and that you are in safe hands. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | Which areas can be treated?
A | Dermal filler treatments are used to add volume, lift and create structure that often is lost by the natural process of ageing. Most common areas are the cheeks, lips, chin, nose, frown, forehead, jawline, nose to mouth, mouth to chin and the tear trough (under the eyes). View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | How long do the effects of a dermal filler treatment last?
A | One of the great advantages of dermal filler treatment is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the area treated, individual’s skin type, skin condition lifestyle and age and also the choice of filler. Generally, the effects can last between 6-18 months. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | Does dermal filler treatment need pain relief?
A | Some clients may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. The lips are extremely sensitive and as such cause most discomfort. Ranges of dermal fillers containing local anaesthetic are available which ease any discomfort. We use a local anaesthetic cream which are applied 15-20 minutes or so prior to treatment, which will ease any discomfort. View our Dermal Filler Treatment.
Q | How many treatments are necessary for visible improvement?
A | After one treatment of The Perfect Peel, overall skin tone and complexion will appear smooth, glowing and fresh. Depending on skin conditions, multiple treatments may be necessary for desired results. A series of 2-3 treatments applied once every 4 weeks will allow for optimal results for more severe skin conditions such as melasma and active acne. View our The Perfect Peel Treatment.
Q | How long will my results last?
A | As long as the skin is maintained with good quality skin care products such as The Perfect C cream the improved results will last. We recommend two to three treatments of The Perfect Peel™ per year to sustain desired results for regular maintenance and rejuvenation. View our The Perfect Peel Treatment.
Q | What skin types respond well to The Perfect Peel?
A | All skin types (Fitzpatrick 1-6) are safe to treat and will reveal considerable improvements from The Perfect Peel. View our The Perfect Peel Treatment.
Q | Does The Perfect Peel™ burn?
A | The patient may feel a slight stinging or tingling sensation which will subside after just a few seconds. Numbing takes place once the first pass of The Perfect Peel™ solution is applied. A fan or cool breeze may be used for the comfort of the patient. View our The Perfect Peel Treatment.
Q | How severe is the peeling and what is the duration of the peeling process?
A | The amount of peeling skin associated with The Perfect Peel™ is mainly a sloughing of thin sheets of epidermis skin that begins around day three and generally is completed by day six or seven. View our The Perfect Peel Treatment.