Wrinkle Relaxors/Botox FAQ
WHAT IS A BOTOX INJECTION?
Botox inhibits muscle contractions by blocking nerve
signals. Using a fine needle, Botox is injected into the selected muscle resulting in a relaxed and softened appearance on the surface
DOES IT HURT TO GET BOTOX?
BOTOX is injected with the smallest of needle types. It is typically a very quick (less than 5 mins) type of service. Most time for the appointment is dedicated to discussing which areas and how many units you may need today. The procedure is almost over right after it gets started! Many of our guests who decide to get BOTOX or Dysport go without any numbing or icing at all. However, if you want to have the areas numbed first we can do that for you.
WHAT AREAS ARE BOTOX INJECTIONS MOST COMMONLY USED?
Wrinkles surrounding the eyes, known as crow’s feet, and frown lines are typical areas where people choose to get Botox. Deep forehead lines, smile creases, and lip lines are also common spots where Botox is used.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A BOTOX INJECTION?
Before your Botox procedure, you will have a consultation outlining how you should prepare for Botox. One week before your procedure, avoid alcohol. Two weeks prior, be sure to stop using aspirin and medications that are anti-inflammatory. These specific measures will help with bruising post treatment.
AFTER I GET BOTOX, HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS LAST?
Botox injections last 2.5-3 months. As you receive regular Botox injections, your muscles will be trained to relax more, and the treatment will last a little longer.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS CAN I EXPECT FROM BOTOX?
Bruising is the most common side effect but will dissipate within a few weeks. Headaches are rare but may last one to two days. Some patients experience an eyelid droop which will stop within a few weeks. This occurs as the Botox moves around and gets settled. Be mindful of the treated area and refrain from rubbing or touching it for 12 hours. Also, be sure not to lie down within the first hour after the procedure.
IS BOTOX SAFE FOR ME?
Botox is FDA approved, but if you have certain conditions, you should not get the procedure. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease, your doctor will tell you to not receive Botox treatments.
Dermal Fillers FAQ
WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
Dermal fillers are substance/gels injected beneath the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles and add volume and contour. It is by no means permanent and is totally biodegradable. Depending on what type of dermal filler used, results can last between one to two years.
Dermal fillers are very safe.
WHAT AREAS CAN DERMAL FILLERS BE USED FOR?
The face loses volume and contour when we age, the bones and the soft tissue dissolve and contribute to appearance of sagging. Dermal fillers may be used to replace this volume loss and restore the structural support, giving the patient a more youthful appearance. The aim is to make the face more harmonious and rejuvenated.
For instance, the lips may be injected to improve their shape, size, symmetry and proportion. The cheeks may be injected to make a face more defined and attractive. An underdeveloped chin may be injected to make it appear more projected and proportionate. The nose may be injected to improve the shape and its contour.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE ENTAIL AND IS IT PAINFUL?
It can be painful if the procedure is carried out by injector who is not as skilled.
We use a topical numbing agent and ice, the procedure involves a few tiny injections directly into the skin, and takes between 15–30 minutes. Make-up can be applied immediately after the procedure and you can go straight back to work. Result can be seen immediately. Optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The procedure varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE ANY RESULT AND HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2–4 weeks. Results can last between 9–18 months although optimal results can be maintained over a long period of time through regular repeated treatments. The longevity varies from person to person depending on your requirements and the severity of the wrinkles that are being treated, in addition to the particular dermal filler being administered.
ARE DERMAL FILLERS SAFE?
Yes. We use only FDA approved products. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance which occurs naturally in the cells of the skin, thus there is no risk of allergic reactions. Even people with food sensitivities can receive these fillers safely. The brands of dermal fillers we use are available in more than 90 countries and have been used as an injectable cosmetic treatment for more than two decades with an excellent safety record.
ARE THERE ANY SIDES EFFECTS?
Today’s dermal fillers have come a long way since the first-generation of collagen injections. Advanced injection techniques, coupled with the use of micro-cannula (blunt needle) and improved product safety means that significant side effects are extremely uncommon but may include:
Injection-related reactions: these reactions may include redness at the injection site immediately after the treatment.
Bruising: occasionally bruising can occur. However the use of micro-cannula (blunt needle) dramatically reduces the risk of bruising.
Contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur. Massaging can usually smooth out any ‘lumpiness’ however if persistent the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved.
Infection — as with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are taken.
Necrosis — one of the worst possible complications of dermal filler. Fortunately, this is extremely rare. It happens when the dermal filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel and it subsequently blocks the blood supply to the skin/tissue in that area.
Blindness — This is a very rare complication. There have been approximately 100 cases in the world and is caused by injecting dermal filler into blood vessel which has a connection with the artery which supplies blood and oxygen to the eye. There is no treatment so far for this that has been successful.
ARE THERE ANY AFTER-CARE INSTRUCTIONS?
For 48 hours post treatment, you are advised to avoid alcohol, aspirin, strenuous exercise, extreme heat (sun bed or sunbathing) or intense cold. You can drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment. As with any type of injection there may be some slight redness immediately afterwards. Camouflage make up may be applied. The results directly after the treatment should therefore not be seen as the final results. This is because over the following 2 weeks the results will gradually improve.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Cost depends on the type of dermal filler, amount dermal filler is required and the areas of the face you wish to be treated (e.g. undereye hollow and cheeks). During the consultation, we will formulate a treatment plan for you and advise the exact cost of your treatments. Our prices are competitive and your treatments will be carried out by a national expert. We believe our patients deserve the utmost safety in our care and we are committed to offering reliable, safe and effective results. Prices start from around $500.
HOW DO I FIND A GOOD COSMETICS INJECTOR FOR MY DERMAL FILLER TREATMENTS?
The most important things to consider are:
Is the injector qualified and experienced?
Does the injector have the knowledge to identify signs of complications and act on them?
Does the doctor share your aesthetic vision?