Although I answer all client questions during their free consultation, here are some of the questions I get asked the most.
Q: What exactly is Botox and how does it work?
A: The cosmetic effect of the protein Botulinum toxin type A (or Botox®) on wrinkles was originally documented by a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, California, Dr. Richard Clark, and published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989. Subsequently, cosmetic use of Botox® has become widespread with many people viewing it as less intrusive and/or artificial than other types of plastic surgery.
It has been widely used for various cosmetic and medical procedures during the last 70 years – to ease conditions such as cerebral palsy, torticolis, diploplia and more recently for tension headaches, migraines, excessive sweating and muscle spasms. After injection, it blocks the nerve signals that cause the muscles to contract: relaxing the muscles, smoothing out lines, and preventing other lines from forming.
The products I work with (which contain the same Botulinum type A active ingredients) – are safe and effective products from a well-established and highly regarded British Pharmaceutical company.
Q: What are Dermal Fillers and how do they work?
A: Dermal Fillers are used to treat deeper set lines and add fullness and volume to the face and lips. This smooths away facial lines, acne scars, lost volume and skin contour deficiencies.
The most appropriate lines to treat with Dermal Filler products are those that are described as static. Static facial lines are the deep facial lines you can see when your face is at rest. They are due to lack of elasticity in the skin caused by sun damage, smoking, and unfortunately, genetics.
Dermal Filler treatments work in a targeted way to relax the tiny dynamic muscles that cause frown lines. These help to create a smoother, more youthful look when injected beneath the skin and plump up creased and sunken areas of the face to give you that natural younger appearance.
Q: When can I see results and how long will the results last?
A: With Botox, people can respond differently to treatments; some people see results in as little as 3 days, others take a week or two. The effects usually last 3-4 months. The treatment gradually wears off, so repeat treatments may be required to maintain the effect. *It is important to allow at least 3 months between treatments.
A: For Dermal Filler treatment, the results are instant and the effects can last around 6-9 months, depending on the individual and the area that has been treated. Over time the gel degrades naturally (as your own HA would) and most clients opt for a follow-up treatment after 6-12 months.
Q: Where do these products come from and are they safe?
A: For Botox treatments, I work with products that contain the same Botulinum type A active ingredients – safe and highly effective products from a well-established and esteemed British Pharmaceutical company with over 100 years’ heritage in clinical excellence.
The Dermal Fillers I work with are Juvederm Ultra and Belotero – both premium quality products from the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies Merz and Allergan. All the products I use are safe and have been widely used for decades across many medical disciplines.
Q: Could any unwanted results occur?
A: As with all medicines, some side effects can occur in very rare cases. I will talk to you about this during our initial consultation session. Unwanted effects usually happen in the first week after treatment and are temporary; such as swelling, bruising, tenderness or redness. You will be able to consult with me at any point if you have any concerns regarding this.
Q: Do you need special qualifications to perform these treatments?
A: Fortunately, I am one of the few practitioners to have not only a strong nursing and medical background but also prestigious qualifications from the Harley Street clinic where I trained. To get accepted onto the clinic’s training programme you have to have a proven track record as a medical professional, for a minimum of 8 years – something that gives me a distinct advantage in an otherwise dauntingly unregulated industry.
Worryingly, a vast number of people with absolutely no medical qualifications are performing these treatments using questionable products – leaving people uninformed, vulnerable and at risk. I am proud of my credentials and am fully insured, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.