Anti-wrinkle Treatment FAQs
Anti-wrinkle injections are a purified protein derivative of a bacterial toxin, called Botulinum Toxin A. When injected into muscles of facial expression, it influences the neuromuscular junction (the area where nerves and muscles communicate) and blocks transmission of nerve signals to muscles, which in turn causes muscle relaxation.
Over time, repeated facial movements can cause wrinkles and expression lines to develop and deepen. By relaxing the muscles causing facial expression lines and reducing their movement, this can remove or reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles, depending on how deep they are, and can also prevent new ones from developing.
The most treated areas are the frown lines (between the eyebrows), the forehead lines (between eyebrows and hairline) and the Crow’s Feet (smiles lines around the eyes). Crow’s Feet treatment can help reduce the smile lines whilst helping achieve a brow lift.
Many people also treat the lines around the mouth and lip area. The chin, jawline and neck can also be treated, which is known as a Nefertiti Lift.
Anti-wrinkle injections may start working in one to two days, but generally it takes two weeks to see the full effect of a treatment. In most instances, your practitioner will assess your results after two weeks, and occasionally a top up dose will be required. Your skin will appear tighter and smoother, and wrinkles will appear less pronounced or may disappear completely. The effects usually last around 3-4 months, depending on the dosage and the individual.
It is recommended to repeat the treatment before the muscle movement returns to normal which is typically 3-4 months.
Dermal Filler FAQs
Cosmetic injectable treatments using Dermal fillers are temporary fillers comprised of a type of gel called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of the deeper layers of skin and joint capsules. The hyaluronic gel fillers are injected into or under the skin to smooth out lines and create a “plumper” appearance.
There are also other types of dermal fillers on the market, such as skin boosters, which are hydrating and rejuvenating, and designed to improve tissue quality.
Biostimulators are another type of dermal filler. These stimulate the body to produce more of its own collagen. They are injected into the skin in a similar way to dermal fillers but should only be used by more experienced practitioners.
Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to lips, and to treat:
- Fine lines such as those around the lips
- Deeper lines like nasolabial folds (the lines extending from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and marionette lines, which are the lines extending down from the corners of the mouth.
- Loss of volume associated with the ageing process – typically under the eye hollow, the cheeks, forehead and temples.
- The contour of the jaw line, nose and the projection of the chin.
- Skin quality and the treatment of acne scars.
The legal requirement to undergo a cosmetic injectables dermal filler treatment is 18 years of age. A preliminary consultation is always required. This allows us to assess your skin, explain whether the desired outcomes can be achieved and what the results are likely to be realistically.
- People in their early 20s usually opt for dermal fillers for enhancement purposes and to have their lips plumped up.
- Those in their mid-to-late 20s and 30s may start to notice some facial volume loss and fine lines, which can be an early sign of the ageing process. All these problematic areas can be addressed with dermal fillers, and the areas restored.
- Clients in their late 30s and 40s often have more advanced signs of volume loss, such as sagging along the jaw line and around the mouth and may be developing deeper lines.
- The older generation in their 50s, 60s, 70s and older can also benefit from dermal fillers. Depending on the extent of volume loss and the depth of lines and wrinkles, the amount of filler required will vary from person to person.
There is local anaesthetic in all the fillers, so they are usually reasonably comfortable.
You may experience a slight pressure of ‘stinging’ sensation as the product is being injected. Topical anaesthetic is often used for the procedure depending on the treatment area.
Usually only 1-2 days of mild swelling and redness. Occasionally, patients may experience bruising, but usually these minor side effects settle quickly.
Typically, dermal fillers last six to eighteen months, depending on the site injected and the type of filler used. The longevity of fillers in some areas can be improved by combining filler treatments with anti-wrinkle injections. The filler is eventually broken down and absorbed.
The Ultraformer III tightens skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and improves skin tone and laxity. The device uses micro-focused ultrasound energy to heat and cause contraction of collagen fibres and promote long-term collagen growth. This results in a natural, lifted look with no downtime.
This treatment is suitable for those wanting to treat loose and sagging skin, skin folds, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, signs of ageing, decreased elasticity or other contouring concerns. We can effectively treat the periorbital (eye) area, upper face, lower face, neck or other areas of the body.
During the treatment, you may experience some tingling and discomfort, but this is relatively mild. The treatment should not be painful. It takes between 45 and 60 minutes.
There may be some swelling and redness for 24 hours, and some mild bruising in rare cases.
You should notice an improvement immediately after the treatment and the results will continue to improve over the following 90 days. The improvement in skin texture can be noticeable in as little as 6 weeks, but the tightening effect can take up to 6 months to see the final result.
Most patients need two treatments. Only rarely, is one treatment sufficient for optimal results.
The results of this non-surgical facelift treatment can last for a year or longer.
Using a scientifically proven cooling process called “cool assisted lipolysis” the Cooltech® system targets fat cells permanently, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The device has several applicators so we can target and sculpt different areas of the body. There are no needles, no incisions, no downtime and no garments.
Cooltech® is suitable for individuals with specific areas of fat they’d like to target. The technology is designed to treat localised pockets of fat, rather than being an all over weight loss solution. Having said that, patients of all shapes and sizes can transform their figure with Cooltech®.
The initial sensation of the handpiece attaching to the skin will be light tugging of the skin into the treatment cup. Once the target temperature is reached, the skin will be numb from sensation for most of the session and a light manual massage is given post treatment to help warm the area.
Most patients require one or two sessions per area. It does vary on the needs of the patient. Depending on the amount of fatty tissue in the treatment area, the recommended maximum number of treatments per site is usually three treatments every 8-12 weeks.
After one treatment, patients can expect to see 20% – 30% fat reduction in the treated area. Results can be seen in as little as 15 days after the first treatment, with more dramatic results visible after eight weeks.
Fat Dissolving Injection FAQs
The active ingredient in Fat Dissolving Injections is an agent that naturally occurs in the body, called Deoxycholic Acid, which normally breaks down dietary fat. When injected into the pocket of fat (submental fat) below the chin, this agent reduces fatty tissue and results in a more contoured neck profile and jawline.
A small grid is placed on the area to determine the number of injections needed. Ice is applied and then the injections are performed directly into the submental fat.
It is normal to experience some redness and swelling after the treatment. This is the body’s natural process of reacting to the broken-down fat cells and rejecting them so that they are broken down permanently. In most cases the bulk of the swelling or discomfort will subside after 1-2 days.
The number of treatments required will vary from patient to patient. Usually, two to three treatments are needed, with results visible within six to eight weeks. The amount of product and the number of treatments required varies depending on the amount of fat, anatomy, and desired aesthetic outcome.
Most clients will notice a change after two treatments at around the 4-6 week mark. Once the fat stores have dissolved, the results are permanent.