Frequently asked questions

Here are a list of frequently asked questions that we receive from our customers:-

Are the procedures safe?

Yes our range of Non Surgical Procedures are perfectly safe. There are, in a small number of cases side effects, however this happens on very rare occasions.

How long do the procedures usually take?

That depends on your choice of procedure, however generally anything from 10-20 minutes.

Muscle relaxant treatment

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botulinum toxin type A (eg. BOTOX®, or VISTABEL®) is used for treating frown lines, eye lines (crow's feet), forehead furrows, lip lines, neck lines, and down turned mouths.

  • Frown lines
  • Eye lines (crow's feet)
  • Forehead furrows
  • Lip lines
  • Neck lines
  • Down-turned mouths

It can also be used for preventing excessive perspiration in under arms and hands (Hyperhidrosis).

How does it work?

The injections temporarily relax facial muscles, helping reduce the muscle contractions causing lines and wrinkles and ultimately helping the skin to repair.

Botulinum toxin take a few days to penetrate the muscle. The results vary from person to person, but one would expect the results to last around 4-5 months.

Is it safe?

It is safe, quick and uncomplicated. The injection can be combined with other treatments such as dermal fillers to give you the look you desire, and just to ensure you are totally satisfied with the results.

Is a local anaesthetic necessary?

No. It is generally regarded as pain-free, with most people only experiencing a mild temporary discomfort.

Are the results immediate?

It starts to work from about 2-3 days, and maximum effect can be seen after about 2 weeks.

Will it leave me expressionless?

No. We ensure that the correct amount of the toxin used is specific to each individual need.

BOTOX® is a registered trade mark of Allergan Inc.

Dermal Fillers

What are Dermal Fillers?

Most of dermal fillers are made from Hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance that is found throughout the body, which, for example, gives volume to the skin and lubricates the joints. Therefore, as a natural substance it is less likely to produce any allergic reactions.

How is it administered?

Using a fine needle, small amounts of the gel are introduced into the skin, which lifts the wrinkle to the level of the surrounding skin, or enhances the contours/volume of the lips to the desired level.

Are there any side effects?

Immediately after, the treatment site can be slightly swollen and red, which normally settles in 1-2 days. Very occasionally patients can suffer some bruising at the injection site.

Are there any long term problems?

No. As it is completely natural the gel will dissolve over time.

Are the injections painful?

The injections are regarded as relatively painless, although lip enhancements can be quite uncomfortable.

Chemical Peels

What is A Chemical Peel?

A Chemical peel is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, to enhance appearance and self-confidence. Chemical peel therapy may be performed in conjunction with other treatments.

Chemical peeling uses a chemical solution in order to improve the skin’s appearance. It can reduce or eliminate fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth, correct uneven skin pigmentation, treat acne and soften the appearance of scars caused by acne. The procedure can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by sun damage as well as skin blemishes common with age and heredity. Chemical peels can be performed on the face, hands and all other body areas.

What Conditions Can Improve With Treatment?

Age and Liver Spots (Lentigines) usually categorised by flat, brown areas with round edges usually found on the face, hands, back and feet. They are age-related and photo-ageing related, and have nothing to do with the liver. While they are unsightly, they are not usually dangerous. Solar keratosis and Hyper-pigmented areas due to hormonal changes and photo damage.

What is TCA?

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) can be successful in the effective treatment of:

  • Reduction of smooth fine surface wrinkles
  • Reduction of superficial blemishes
  • Correction of pigment problems
  • Reduction of Acne/Acne Scarring

Anaesthesia is not required for TCA peels. Two or more TCA peels may be required over several courses to obtain the desired improvements.

TCA Peel patients are advised to avoid sun exposure and to use a sun protection cream (minimum SPF 30) for several weeks following treatment. Failure to comply with this recommendation may produce some unintended colour changes in the skin.

Skin Preparation may be required on darker skin tones and hyper-pigmented areas. This involves using a bleach and blend cream two weeks prior to TCA Peels. People with Active Acne also require skin preparation with the purifying cream two weeks prior to TCA Peels.

How is Treatment Administered?

The procedure involves a chemical solution that is applied to the skin. The solution causes the layer of skin to separate and peel off. The new regenerated skin underneath is usually smoother, less wrinkled and more even in both tone and colour than the old skin.

How Long Will the Treatment Take?

Typically the skin is first thoroughly cleansed. Then one of our doctors will carefully apply the TCA solution. You may feel a slight stinging sensation as the peel solution is applied, but the feeling will quickly pass.

A full face TCA peel usually takes no more than 15 minutes. Each course duration is four weeks with one peel each week. Two or more courses of TCA peels may be needed to obtain the desired result, and may be spaced out over several months.

How Can I Find Out if I Am A Candidate For Treatment?

If you would like to learn more about available cosmetic options, and find out if TCA peel treatment might work for you, please call and arrange an appointment for a free consultation.

Are There Any Medical Exclusions?

Pregnant or breastfeeding women should wait to be treated. If you have a history of cold sores, you should inform us prior to the procedure. You may be better suited to an alternative treatment or product. The practitioner will review your medical history with you during your initial consultation prior to administering any treatment.

Hyperhidrosis

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is a common disorder affecting many people. Underarm sweating is the most common form of hyperhidrosis, although it does affect other areas of the body e.g. feet and face.

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition with severe negative psychological and emotional consequences. Excessive sweating is often uncontrollable, embarrassing and not anticipated .

Why does it arise?

It is thought that hyperhidrosis is a result of over activity of the sympathetic nervous system. It is usually an inherited problem, affecting all walks of life, and a condition that people tend to suffer with throughout their lives.

How is it treated?

Botulinum Toxin type A (BTX-A) is a medication that is injected into the skin to treat hyperhidrosis by temporally blocking neurotransmitters that stimulate sweat production.

How long does it last?

Repeat treatments are needed every 4-6 months.