FAQs

Juvéderm & Restylane Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers enhance your natural looks by restoring your skin’s volume, creating softness and revitalizing your appearance. The treatment lasts for about 6-9 months. There are many dermal fillers available to choose from, Saskia uses the most tried and tested dermal fillers available on the aesthetic market. Restylane® and Juvederm ® are two of the most reliable injectable dermal fillers available today and benchmark the standard for clinical excellence in their field. Its safety and efficacy are clinically proven and supported by robust clinical data and continuous research and development.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DERMAL FILLERS?

Dermal fillers improve your looks by enhancing your natural features, such as your cheeks or lips. By restoring volume the lines and wrinkles of the face and chest look fresh and revitalised. They are very natural looking and do not affect muscle movement at all, so you stay looking like you but better.


HOW DO DERMAL FILLERS WORK?

A crystal clear sterile gel containing hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin. This nonanimal hyaluronic acid is a tissue-friendly substance closely resembling the hyaluronic acid that occurs naturally in the body. By replenishing nature’s supply of hyaluronic acid, the skin is left rejuvenated, instantly diminishing the appearance of lines and giving a softer look. They are injected into the skin in small amounts using a very fine needle. The gel provides hydration and structure and gives natural volume to smooth away the appearance of lines, enhance facial shape, or create fuller lips.

The treatment is very quick and often takes less than 30 minutes. The treatment benefits can normally be seen instantly. No skin test is required because they do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.


WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?

Restyane® and juvederm® treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin. It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally.

The most common areas treated are:

• from the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds)
• lips (enhancement)
• Noses, cheeks and chin (shaping)
• back of the hands, décolletage, face (skin rejuvenation)
• between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines)

Scupltra

Sculptra™ is a volumising agent that reduces facial lines and wrinkles and helps to restore the fullness of your face by stimulating your own facial collagen production to replenish your skin and provide natural looking results. Once your treatment is complete, the results can last for more than 3 years.

WHAT IS SCULPTRA™ USED FOR?

Sculptra® is used to volumise the face and therefore lifting the cheeks, mouth and jowel areas, as well the hands.HOW DOES IT WORK? Sculptra works in the lower layers of the skin in order to smooth and firm the treated areas of the face. Sculptra is a unique substance which is gradually and naturally broken down by the body. Sculptra is immunology inert, so that no allergy tests are necessary before beginning with treatment.

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST?

2 - 3 years depending on the number of treatments and what for.

DOES IT INVOLVE INJECTIONS?

Yes, but they are not painful. Anaesthetic creams and injections numb the area to be treated and most people only experience mild discomfort. Applying an ice pack after the treatment will help calm the area.

DOES THE TREATMENT HURT?

As with all injections, some discomfort is inevitable, and you may feel a brief burning sensation at the injection site. An ice pack applied after the treatment can help to relieve this.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Massage the treated areas of your face for five minutes at a time, five times a day for the first five days after treatment.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE-EFFECTS?

The most common side-effects with the use of Sculptra are mild tenderness and swelling after the injections. This generally settles overnight. You may occasionally get a small bruise. This will settle over the next 2 - 3 days.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE THE RESULTS?

Sculptra™ takes time to work, with the results becoming noticeable after about 6 weeks. It may appear to have an effect immediately after your first treatment visit, but this is because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra™. When the swelling goes down after a few days and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before treatment.

Two or three treatments are usually necessary to obtain the desired result. However, unlike some other treatments that require refresher sessions, the results can last for more than three years after the end of your Sculptra™ programme.


Dermaroller

Your practitioner will use a Genuine Dermaroller™ medical device to produce thousands of micro-medical needle-columns in the skin. Each column will penetrate into the dermis of the skin and will be approximately 0.1mm in width. The column will close rapidly enabling the skin to recover quickly - often in the same day. Your practitioner will use a topical anaesthetic to numb the skin making the procedure comfortable; it will normally take up to 30 minutes for the topical anaesthetic to work and 20 - 30 minutes for the Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy procedure.

After a Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ procedure your body will start to naturally regenerate and repair the skin, working below the surface in the dermis. This takes time as new collagen is formed, new skin cells are generated and blood supply is enhanced. It can take up to 6 weeks before visible signs of regeneration and repair are seen and the process will continue over the following months, providing you with a natural and long lasting enhancement.


HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?

Your practitioner will normally recommend that your Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™ consists of a series of three Genuine Dermaroller™ procedures with approximately 6 weeks between them.

In the treatment of acne scars and other types of scarring it may be necessary for your practitioner to extend your Genuine Dermaroller™ Therapy™, carrying out up to five procedures.


HOW LONG AFTER TREATMENT WILL I NOTICE THE IMPROVEMENT

Immediately treatment you will look as though you have moderate sunburn and your skin may feel warm and tighter than usual. This will start to subside after 1 to 2 hours and will normally recover within the same day with only slight redness the following day.

Your practitioner may well apply Chiroxy Cream after the procedure to help soothe and calm the skin, continue to use until the redness has cleared.

Use tepid water to cleanse the face for the following 48 hours and dry gently, always make sure your hands are clean when touching the treated area. It is recommended that make up is not applied for 12 hours after the procedure although your practitioner may be able to supply you with specialist mineral make-up that they feel would be suitable for use during this period.

Botox

HOW CAN BOTOX TREAT MY LINES AND WRINKLES?

There are many ways in which we can treat your lines and wrinkles the most popular way is by using Vistabel® this contains a highly purified protein known commonly as Botox®. When injected into specific muscles of the face and neck it relaxes these muscles resulting in smoother skin.


WHERE CAN IT BE SAFELY USED?

In the right hands it can be very versatile but as a rule it is used for treating frown lines, forehead furrows, eye lines (crow’s feet), lip (smoker) lines, down-turned mouths ,bobbly chins and to smooth the neck.


IS IT SAFE?

Yes, it has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and has been used for over 30 years without any known long-term problems.


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Botulinum Toxin type A (Botox®) blocks the nerve transmission to the muscles under the skin. Facial lines formed by the dynamic action of underlying muscles will then diminish or disappear.

WHO IS SUITABLE FOR TREATMENTS FOR LINES AND WRINKLES?

It is suitable for most people apart from those who are pregnant or breast feeding.


HOW WILL I LOOK AFTER THE TREATMENT?

There is a slight redness and occasional very mild swelling immediately after, which settles within a few hours. This is easily covered with makeup.


WHAT CAN AND CAN'T I DO AFTER THE TREATMENT?

Within 4 hours of the treatment people are advised not to do vigorous exercise, drink excessive alcohol or lie down flat. Otherwise life can carry on as normal.


WHAT SIDE EFFECTS MAY I EXPECT FOLLOWING TREATMENT?

This treatment is very safe treatment so side effects are very rare. However, as with all prescription medicines side-effects can occur you will be advised of these in your thorough medical screening at consultation. Other prescription medicines can cause interactions/side effects therefore your initial consultation is essential and each treatment individually tailored to meet your needs. In very rare occurrences the most common side effects experienced by patients are short-lived and are linked to the injections e.g. pain on injection, redness or slight bruising at the injection site. Other rare side effects such as Ptosis (drooping of the upper eyelid), whilst still temporary in nature, can be caused by a spread of the injection into nearby muscles. It is a very safe treatment. However, side-effects can occur but are rare. They can include slight bruising at the injection site, slight drooping of the eyelid which would only last for a week or so, and headaches.

As a highly qualified and experienced practitioner I have an excellent safety record, this facilitates the reduction of risk but will not entirely eliminate the risk of experiencing side effects.


WILL THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Not really, most people only experience a slight temporary discomfort. The needles used for injecting Vistabel ®(botox®) are very fine. Pain relief is not usually required but can be provided.


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO WORK?

You may start to notice an effect after 2 days. However, this varies by patient. The greatest effect can be seen after about 2-3 weeks following treatment.


HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF Vistablel® LAST?

Duration of effect varies in each individual and depends on the muscle type severity of the condition being trea

ted. At consultation you will be advised on realistic expectations for you as an individual patient.

Typically, you can expect a treatment to last 3-6 months depending on your individual response. Repeat treatments have been shown to last longer.


DOES IT LEAVE MY FACE NUMB?

No – it is a myth. There is no sensation change to your skin.


WILL IT ‘FREEZE MY FACE' AND LEAVE ME EXPRESSIONLESS OR FEELING NUMB?

No, definitely no on both counts. It affects only the muscle and not the sensation of the skin. Saskia is experienced and works on the ‘natural look’, it is essential that after your treatment you look better and not like you’ve had ‘work done’.


‘The Natural look’

A lot of women worry that wrinkle-relaxing treatments may ruin their facial expressions or lead to a frozen-looking forehead that doesn’t move when they laugh, smile, or frown. This type of image is often portrayed in the media and gets a lot of negative coverage. However,as an experienced Practitioner I will try to make sure that wrinkle-relaxing treatments affect only the tiny muscles being directly treated, not the surrounding muscles. This way, when you laugh or frown, the untreated muscles work normally so your expressions still look like you, but fresher looking and better.


WHAT CAN I DO AFTER MY TREATMENT?

After wrinkle-relaxing treatment with treatments Vistabel®, you can generally go right back to your normal activities. However I advise you not to massage or rub the treated area and to be especially gentle with it for 24 hours after your treatment. Individual specific instructions will be given post treatment.

If you and I are pleased with the results of wrinkle-relaxing treatment, you may want to plan additional treatments to maintain the results. As a rule treatment should not be more frequent than every three months. If you do not continue treatment, the wrinkles between your brows will gradually return to the way they looked before your initial injection no worse.

While wrinkle-relaxing treatments help smooth the wrinkles called Glabellar lines (little eleven lines) between your eyebrows, I might recommend other non-surgical treatments, such as Dermal fillers including Restylane/juvederm to address facial lines on other parts of the face, this way we can keep you looking your best.

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