Frequently asked Questions

How long does the treatment take?

Following your consultation and assessment and when you are happy to proceed, the actual treatment session will typically take about 30 minutes, however this will be dependent on the treatment that you are having. The consultation and assessment process is one hour.

Are there any risks associated with Dermal filler treatments?

The dermal fillers we use have a strong safety record, are FDA approved, and regulated by the Medicines & Health Regulatory Authority (MHRA) in the UK.  At your consultation your practitioner will discuss all risks associated with your treatment plan so you can make an informed decision. The most common side effects are temporary redness and swelling or bruising.

In rare cases the filler may form lumps under the skin which may need to be treated with a medication or an infection could develop that requires medical intervention.  In rare cases the injection of a dermal filler may block a blood vessel which if untreated could lead to skin damage, scarring, blindness, pulmonary or cerebral embolism.

This reinforces why it is crucial that only a healthcare professional carries out Medical Aesthetic treatments.

Is there any downtime?

Most patients will experience minimum downtime and will continue their daily activities as normal, however on occasions some patients may experience redness at the injection sites but this normally resolves within 1 – 2 hours, any swelling or bruising can take a longer to resolve.

It is recommended that no makeup is applied for 12 hours after your procedure.  Written after care instructions will always be given after a procedure and a 24-hour emergency contact number.

How long will the filler last and will I notice a difference straight away?

The aesthetic results are immediate. The longevity of the treatment will depend on the individual patient and the area treated and the product injected, however clinical data demonstrates results and visible improvements can last between 6 and 15 months.

Experienced Medical Practitioners.

Dermal Fillers should only be administered by qualified health care professionals.  Helena Collier has been a registered nurse for 34 years and has specialised in the field of Aesthetic medicine for 13 years. Helena has a PGDp (2009) and an MSc in Aesthetic Medicine (2018)

Why is HydraFacial good for my skin?

Hydration is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin. Irritation of the skin has been proven to increase signs of aging. HydraFacial is a hydrating and non-irritating treatment.

Am I a candidate for this treatment?

The HydraFacial treatment is designed for all skin types. Even the most sensitive skin easily tolerates the HydraFacial treatment. Your Health care professional or skincare practitioner may choose specific treatment serums and/or customise the treatment for your unique skin conditions and needs. Consult your physician or skincare professional for a skin evaluation and sensitivity test.

How long does the treatment take? Is there any downtime or pain involved?

Our goal is to help support you in a balanced lifestyle. That’s why HydraFacial is a fast, efficient treatment that takes as little as 60 minutes. You may put on makeup and return to your normal activities right after the treatment since there is no downtime.

What results may be expected? How many treatments are needed to see results? How long do the results last?

Many clients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment. The smooth results and hydration may last 5 to 7 days or even longer. We don’t believe in quick fixes, so one treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, oily and congested skin. Continued HydraFacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health results.

Is Micro-Needling right for me?

The treatment is generally suitable for all skin types, but not for areas with skin disease or infections. The treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women

How long does the Micro-Needling treatment take?

A local anaesthetic cream will be applied prior to treatment to make it more comfortable. The treatment takes generally between 30 -60 Minutes.

Is the treatment painful?

During the Micro-Needling (EDS) a local anaesthetic cream is applied 20 minutes before your treatment to make it more comfortable. EDS Rejuvenate is significantly more comfortable than manual skin needling it truly does bring skin needling into the 21st century.

What do I need to do after having Micro-Needling?

You should avoid saunas and extreme heat for 24 hours. A recovery cream may be applied after your treatment to help soothe and calm your skin. You should avoid UV exposure for up to 3 weeks after treatment. On an on-going basis we recommend wearing sun cream and skincare products to protect and maintain the skin health, your practitioner will recommend a regime most suitable for you, which will also help maintain the results.

How are chemical peels performed?

There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with vigorous cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.

How many peels will I need?

Generally chemical peels are done once every 2-3 weeks, until the desired results are achieved. Maintenance peels can then be performed once a month.

How long do the results last?

With good sun protection, results can last months, even years. This is dependent upon the depth of the peel. The deeper peels generally provide a long-lasting effect.

How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?

Light Peels- The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.

Medium Peels- Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days. The skin may or may not flake and fall away. AHAs can produce some redness with little or no flaking, depending on the individual.

Deep Peels- May take several weeks to fully recover. This type of peel is usually effective in treating hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, fine lines and wrinkles.

Is LED Phototherapy safe?

LED Phototherapy is a heat free treatment that does not contain harmful UV wavelengths and therefore cannot damage skin tissue or create photosensitivity. It is clinically proven to be safe for all skin types, including darker skins and the most sensitive skin conditions.

I am taking medication from the doctor – can I still have LED Phototherapy?

There are certain circumstances in which phototherapy may prove to be unsuitable. Certain medications may cause photosensitivity and specific conditions may be triggered by light. For your safety and comfort, it is imperative that any medication illness, condition or other treatment that you may be undergoing are fully disclosed during your consultation.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments can vary with age, skin type and condition. With LED Phototherapy the results are cumulative and improvement will continue even after the treatment has stopped. Treatments taken in quick succession will achieve optimum results and maintenance treatments may also be recommended. Furthermore, as phototherapy does not harm the skin, there is no limit to the amount of treatment you can have. An individual treatment plan will be discussed during your consultation.

Who is a good candidate for Ultherapy?

A good candidate for Ultherapy is someone with some degree of laxity, to the point of looking, and often feeling, less firm. Loose skin under the neck and under the chin, or lines and wrinkles on the chest, are signals a patient might be a candidate. Typically, those in their 30s and older who have mild to moderate skin laxity are candidates.

While Ultherapy is not a replacement for a surgical facelift, there are many people who want some facial lifting but are not ready for surgery, whether mentally, physically or financially. There also are younger people who want to “stay ahead of the game,” as well as patients wanting an aesthetic maintenance option.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness that typically resolves within a few hours following the treatment. Some patients may have slight swelling, tingling or tenderness to the touch, but these are mild and temporary in nature.

How many treatments does it take?

The majority of patients only need one treatment; however, some may benefit from more than one treatment, depending on how much skin laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.

What does the Ultherapy treatment feel like?

As the ultrasound energy is delivered, you may feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited to precise depths, stimulating the collagen-building process. Comfort levels vary from person to person, but the sensation only lasts while the ultrasound energy is being delivered.

Will I need to take time off?

With Ultherapy, there is no downtime. After your procedure, you can resume your normal activities immediately, without having to follow any post-treatment measures.

Is Ultherapy safe?

The Ulthera® System is currently marketed worldwide in more than 60 countries, and over 1 million treatments have been performed globally. In addition, ultrasound energy has a proven track record, with use in the field of medicine for more than 50 years.

How is Ultherapy different from other cosmetic procedures?

Ultherapy is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses focused ultrasound to stimulate the formation of new collagen deep below the skin’s surface.2-4 The production of new collagen takes time, so results can become more apparent over two to three months, even up to six months.3 The procedure takes about 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area treated, and there is no downtime afterward.

It also is the only procedure to use ultrasound imaging, which allows practitioners to actually see the layers of tissue targeted during the treatment and ensure the energy is deposited precisely to where it will be most beneficial.

How often should you have Anti-wrinkle injections

Typically, the effects of anti-wrinkle injections last for up to three to four months. Therefore, the recommended treatment is once every three to four months. Nonetheless, if your facial muscles begin to train themselves to contract less, the period of time for each treatment may be extended.

Do anti-wrinkle injections hurt?

Any injection can hurt, but the needles used for anti-wrinkle injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal. The area can be numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream or cold pack 10-20 minutes before the injections are given, so you may not feel much pain, if any.

Are anti-wrinkle Injection treatments safe?

Botulinum Toxin as a muscle relaxant has an excellent and long safety record of use in medicine. It has been used successfully in adults and children in a variety of medical conditions over the last 20 years. It has been used cosmetically to treat facial wrinkles for about 25 years and has become one of the most popular and frequently used cosmetic treatments.

How Long Do the Effects Last?

It can take about 2-14 days to see the full effects after the initial treatment. The cosmetic effects can last up to six months but typically range from three to four months. Eventually most people require re treatment as the wrinkles reappear. However, in some treated areas, the wrinkles may return less severe after repeated treatments as the unconscious muscle contraction habit is broken.

We offer all our patients a free two week follow up appointment to assess the effect of treatment and administer any further treatments if necessary.

Are there any side effects from anti-wrinkle injections?

Most people find that the injections cause only mild local pain and tenderness. Immediately after the injection there may be mild swelling at the injection site which usually subsides within 48 hours.  Slight bruising is also possible.  Side effects of these treatments are extremely rare.  Occasionally, the treatment may relax nearby muscle groups causing temporary drooping of the eyebrow or eyelids.  This may last for a few weeks but will resolve with time.  As with any medicine an allergic reaction may occur, this is however quite rare.  Conversely there may be some unintended benefits in some people such as easing of tension type headaches as the muscles in the forehead relax.

Botulinum toxin has been used for over 20 years and does not appear to cause any negative long-term effects. Once administered the toxin typically leaves the body within 3-4 days, although, as with any medical procedure, it is important to seek advice from a qualified professional beforehand.

How Often can I have treatments?

When the effect of the anti-wrinkle injection wears off the wrinkles will always return to their pre-treatment state.  Treatments can be repeated at a minimum of three-monthly intervals, but the effects may last longer for some individuals, especially if they have had previous treatments to the same area.

How long does the Plasmage treatment take?

The entire procedure, including the time for the numbing cream to take effect, takes about one to one and a half hours. This depends of course on the size of the area to be treated. The healing phase can take about 7 to 14 days. The skin’s reaction to the treatment can be seen immediately. However, the resulting swelling and reddening recedes relatively quickly after the first couple of days.

What to I need to be aware of after the Plasmage treatment?

After the treatment it is especially important that the patient cares for the treated area. The treated skin should not be cooled and should be kept as dry as possible so that the area heals quicker. In addition, sunbathing should be avoided for ten to twelve weeks. We always recommend to patients to use an spf 50 sunscreen and to wear protective sunglasses.

How long is the “down-time” after a treatment?

As already mentioned, just after the procedure, swelling occurs which is most severe and visible during the first two to three days after treatment. Subsequently, the treated area builds a crust which falls off on its own over approximately the next seven to ten days. After the crust is completely gone, the skin can appear slightly pink for a few more days.

Does the Plasmage treatment need to be repeated?

The results from Plasmage are long-term and in most cases, one treatment is enough to obtain a visible yet natural tightening and lifting of the upper and lower lids. Should you require another treatment to achieve a more optimum result, this can be repeated from 6 – 8 weeks. A course of 2 – 3 sessions can sometimes be required to achieve the best results.

Who Is A Good Candidate for A Sclerotherapy Procedure?

In general, the sclerotherapy procedure is an excellent choice as long as you aren’t pregnant or have a history of blood clots in the treatment area. Most vein specialists prefer sclerotherapy for spider veins over laser treatments, particularly on the legs.

Is Sclerotherapy Safe?

Sclerotherapy is considered safe for most patients. During your initial consultation, we will go over your medical history and examine your veins to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. This will include going over your medications, health conditions you’re currently being treated for, and any allergies you have. For most healthy patients, sclerotherapy is safe with only mild, short-term side-effects.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of A Sclerotherapy Treatment?

All medical treatments carry a certain degree of risks. However, side effects following a sclerotherapy procedure are generally very mild and well tolerated.

What Is the Recovery Time Following Sclerotherapy Injections?

One of the great things about a sclerotherapy procedure is that it carries no downtime. You will be able to immediately return to your regular routine. We even encourage you to continue your normal fitness routine, as it will help speed along recovery.

What Is the Effectiveness of a Sclerotherapy Procedure? What If It Didn’t Work?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the success rate of sclerotherapy remains steady at approximately 60 to 80 percent. In the 20 to 40 percent of cases where treatment doesn’t show full results after a single treatment, the sclerotherapy procedure can be repeated to improve your results.

Does Intralipotherapy help to lose weight?

No, Intralipotherapy is not intended to cause weight loss, but only to reduce stubborn pockets of fat. Patients are advised to persevere with a healthy diet after this treatment, as this will help the maintain the balance of fatty acids and metabolise what is released.

Is Intralipotherapy suitable for me?

Intralipotherapy is not suitable if you:

  • Have diabetes.
  • Have liver or kidney disease.
  • Have active skin problem in the area to be treated.
  • Are taking blood thinning medicine e.g warfarin.

Who can carry out Intralipotherapy fat dissolving injections?

Intralipotherapy should only be administered by fully trained medical professionals such as a doctor or nurse.

Are Intralipotherapy results permanent?

Whilst the body can regenerate fat cells – the process is very slow. So once fat cells are removed from a localised area your results are as good as permanent. However, if you do not continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle then your body will put on weight in other areas of your body where fat cells remain.

Can Intralipotherapy be used in combination with other treatments?

Yes, a combination with Ultherapy ultrasound cavitation is especially recommended. With the said combination the results can be further enhanced – the low frequency ultrasound produces a strong wave of pressure that specifically targets fat cell membranes causing them to disintegrate, the fat contents are then removed by the body.

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