FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked  Questions regarding Botox:

Q: What is Botox and how does it work? 

A: Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is the original and best-known brand name and the most tested product on the market. It is the result of many decades of studies and has been used extensively in medicine. It is the safest product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.

Q: What does the treatment involve? 

A: While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.

Q: Who would this treatment suit?

A: This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) for a short period of time. It can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines.

Q: Who should avoid this treatment? 

A: Those who have medical conditions, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications. Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.

Q: What results does the treatment aim to provide? 

A: The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expression and can be adjusted to ensure natural results. The duration of results is variable in between individuals but ranges from 3 to 6 months.

Typically, patients will come into the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. Good practitioners shouldn’t just look at treating this specific line, but will look beyond the line at how the face looks as a whole (as treating an individual line might make the face look unnatural). Sometimes patients come in and say their colleagues and friends keep telling them that they look tired or grumpy when this isn’t the case. In these cases, it’s usually not a single line that is creating this impression, but multiple factors, and the practitioner should talk through treatment options with the patient.

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Fillers:

Q: What are Fillers and how do they work? 

A: As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful component. The skin becomes dryer, thinner and less able to fix itself. When we are born, we have plentiful amounts of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in our body, but as we get older this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin less well supported, and so lines and wrinkles develop. By lifting and smoothing targeted folds and wrinkles by adding subtle volume, dermal fillers can make a difference to a person's appearance, giving them a fresher look.

The treatment of wrinkles with dermal filler will usually involve injecting this naturally occurring product (HA) through a tiny needle. The discomfort is minimal as the treatment does not take long to perform. The aesthetic outcomes of treatments with dermal filler are seen immediately after the treatment. Treating wrinkles with dermal filler is fast, leaving no scars. The Juvéderm range of fillers contains a variety of products, which can be used to treat different areas, from fine lines on more delicate parts of the face to deep skin depressions.

Q: What does the treatment involve? 

A: The procedure takes around 30-45 minutes and patients can expect to notice the effects for as long as 18 months after treatment. There is even precedence of results lasting up to 24 months in some cases, however, treatment with fillers is completely reversible. With any injectable treatment, there can be some slight bruising or swelling that accompanies it. This should not persist much longer than a day, and is easily coverable with makeup.

Q: Who would this treatment suit?

A: Facial fillers can be used on a wide range of patients, and are primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. Other suitable candidates are those seeking to add structure and volume to the face. I see a lot of patients who have lost volume in their face due to living a very active, high impact lifestyle (such as runners). Fillers help to restore the volume loss that naturally begins to occur when we reach our late thirties, and in turn gives a fresher, brighter appearance.

Q: Who should avoid this treatment? 

A: There is no known risk to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, but we would advise against having treatment under these circumstances.

Q: What results does the treatment aim to provide? 

A: The results should be subtle, leaving our friends and family believing that we are simply looking our best and great for our years. Treatment lasts between 18-24 months but, naturally, towards the end of this period the effects begin to gradually soften, so there is no dramatic change. When the effects begin to soften, we aim to ‘top up' the treatment.

Patients will often come in to the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. Good practitioners shouldn’t just look at treating this specific line, but will look beyond it to how the face looks as a whole, since treating an individual line could make the patient look unnatural. Sometimes the patient will say that people tell them they look sad, tired or grumpy when this isn't really the case. In these instances, it’s usually not a single line that is causing this impression but multiple factors and the practitioner should discuss treatment options with the patient. It is really key that you feel safe and reassured by your chosen practitioner: a partnership should develop where you can speak freely about what concerns you, as this will allow the practitioner to truly understand your hopes and desired outcomes.

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding i-lipo:

Q: How does i-lipo work?
A: During an i-Lipo treatment a laser is used to stimulate the body’s natural process for breaking down and releasing stored content in the fat cells.

Q: How is i-lipo different from other products?
A: Other products are for cellulite reduction and skin tightening and do not affect fat cells. I-Lipo breaks down the fat cells directly and is truly a form of liposuction unlike other products on the market.

Q: How many treatments of i-lipo will I need?
A: I-lipo treatments are structured into courses of eight. Your number of i-lipo treatments, however, is determined at your consultation and is based on your requirements and goals. We suggest two i-lipo treatments a week over four weeks to complete a full course of i-lipo treatments.

Q: How long is each treatment?
A: I-Lipo laser treatment takes just 20 minutes followed by a 10-15 minutes of infrared laser vacuum massage. The length of time for your post-treatment exercise to "burn off" the free fatty acids is determined at your consultation and is based on your requirements and goals from your i-lipo results.

Q: Why do I have to workout after i-lipo treatments?
A: Once the fat cells are broken down after i-lipo treatments, the contents of the fat cells need a way to exit the body. If they do not exit the body within a few hours, they get reabsorbed by other fat cells. A brief workout immediately after an i-lipo treatment ensures that the fat is excreted via the lymphatic system.

Q: Are i-lipo treatments comfortable?
A: Most people feel very little during their i-lipo treatment and find it comfortable and relaxing. The typical sensation felt is slight warmth where the treatment pads are in contact with your skin.

Q: Is i-lipo suitable for everyone?
A: I-Lipo Ultra+ can be used on both men and women and can treat most areas of the body except the female breast. As with any treatment, people with certain medical conditions should not use the i-Lipo Ultra+. Your i-Lipo Ultra+ practitioner will go through a full medical questionnaire and consultation prior to treatment to confirm suitability. I-Lipo is not recommended for patients that are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a history of malignancy, or have diabetes.

Q: Is i-lipo safe?
A: Yes. Independent clinical studies have shown i-Lipo to be completely safe with no side effects. The i-lipo laser simply triggers a natural reaction of fat cell release. The process does not cause any damage and cells remain intact, just smaller, giving immediate results. The i-lipo Ultra is FDA cleared.

Q: How long will my i-lipo results last?
A: I-lipo results are long-term, provided your calorie intake and eating plan is stable, and you engage in regular exercise. Further i-lipo treatments can be performed to correct diet indulgence or target another area of the body.

Q: When will I see my i-lipo results?
A: Often i-lipo results can be seen immediately and improve with every treatment. Over the course of eight i-lipo sessions, you can achieve dramatic reshaping of the body and reduction in cellulite.

Q: How long is the recovery time from i-lipo?
A: There is no recovery period and no down time after i-lipo sessions.

Q: What areas can be treated with i-lipo?
A: The abdomen, saddle bags, thighs, upper back area, neck, arms, and calves can all be safely treated with i-lipo.

Q: Can I treat more than one area at a time with i-lipo?
A: It is not recommended to treat more than one area at a time with i-lipo due to the difficulty to excrete the fat from multiple areas and overall treatment being less effective. We recommend completing one area before starting on another i-lipo treatment location for optimal results.

Q: How much does i-lipo cost?
A: i-lipo cost is dependent on the area that is being treated. A free consultation can be scheduled with a doctor to discuss which areas should be treated and pricing for treatments at that time. I-Lipo treatments are sold individually or in packages.

Q: What are i-lipo packages?
A: Each area requires 8 i-lipo treatments. Each i-lipo session lasts approximately 1 hour from start to finish. Typically 2-3 i-lipo treatments are done in 1 week resulting in roughly a 3-4 week commitment.

Q: How do I start i-lipo?
A: Simply schedule your free consultation to ensure that you make a good candidate for i-lipo treatments and then we can start!

 

Frequently Asked questions regarding PhaserEPL:

Q: Is It Painful?
A: Most people find some level of discomfort similar to a flick from a small elastic band on the skin. Comfort levels can be improved by cooling the skin before and after treatment. Mild redness may occur on the treated area but this will only last for a short period of time.

Q: How Long Does It Last?
A: Phaser EPL offers the latest technology in IPL hair removal. Clinical studies have proven that IPL technology is effective in permanently reducing hair growth. It is a gradual process but once the hair follicle has been treated it should not regrow.

Q: How Many Treatments Are Required?
A: Research indicates that between 20% and 30% of hairs are in the Anagen stage at any one time. As a result multiple treatments are required. The actual number varies between individuals but our experience indicates that a minimum of five treatments are usually required. There tends to be a five to eight week interval between treatments.

Q: How Much Does It Cost?
A: Treatment cost depends on the areas treated and number of treatments required. Over time compared to a lifetime of waxing treatment, Phaser EPL hair removal can be more cost effective and certainly achieves faster and more permanent results.

Q: Is It Suitable For Everyone?
A: Laser or IPL hair removal is not suitable for everyone. Those with darker skin types have a higher risk of pigmentation due to the higher melanin content of the skin. You should avoid sunlight on the treated area for a period of time before and after treatment.

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Reqenlite: 

Q: What can Regenlite do for me?

A: Regenlite Laser Machine uses the latest generation of laser technology to treat a range of skin conditions.

If you suffer from acne, Regenlite has been clinically proven to treat the inflammation and spots, as well as reducing scarring. If you have certain kinds of vascular lesions such as port wine stains, spider veins or rosacea for example, then Regenlite  offers fast and effective treatment. If you desire younger looking skin, Regenlite can smooth out wrinkles, improve collagen production and enhance skin rejuvenation.

Q: How does the laser work?

A: Regenlite is a medical laser which emits a unique laser light SmartPulse from a handpiece held close to our skin. For acne sufferers the laser light kills and reduces the bacteria causing infection and simultaneously stimulates the natural repair mechanisms of the skin. The light penetrating into the blood vessels stimulates the body’s natural response to produce collagen, enhancing skin rejuvenation and reducing wrinkles or acne scarring.

To treat vascular lesions Regenlite  uses a higher energy beam which targets and destroys only the blood vessels causing the blemishes – leaving healthy skin unharmed.

Q: What does the treatment involve?

A: Treatment is simple. You lie back and relax, wearing protective eye-shields, while the Regenlite operator moves the hand-piece slowly over your skin targeting the SmartPulse laser light exactly where required. It takes less than 30 minutes to cover the whole face and, although you may feel a warming sensation, treatment is usually fast and painless.

Q: How many treatments are required?

A: Acne has been shown to significantly improve two to four weeks after a first session, but patients generally receive three treatments at intervals of three to four weeks. Wrinkle reduction works best with three treatments at fortnightly intervals.

The number of treatments required to effectively treat vascular lesions depends on their type and severity. Spider veins can take as little as one treatment to be destroyed, whilst other types of condition may need several treatments.

Q: How long do the benefits last?

A: Improvements to acne have been shown to last over nine months, with maintenance treatments sometimes being required thereafter. Wrinkle reduction treatments typically last twelve months.

Q: Does Regenlite have any side-effects?
A: Regenlite  is clinically proven to have negligible side-effects. If there are any after effects at all these are minimal – even immediately after treatment – so you can quickly assume your normal routine.

Q: Could it work for me?
A: Whether it’s for acne, wrinkles or vascular lesions, Regenlite’s SmartPulse technology is very effective for the majority of patients. To find out more please request a consultation with our specialist.

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