FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TREATMENTS
Wrinkle Relaxing Injections
What are wrinkle relaxing injections and how do they work?
The use of facial muscles repeatedly throughout your life causes the skin to crease in the areas of most action – this is usually on the forehead and around the eyes. As the skin gets older, we produce less collagen, so these areas are prone to damage, making the lines more visible.
Commonly known as Botox, botulinum toxin blocks the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle. The muscle becomes less active, stopping the skin creasing which allows time for recovery and results in much smoother skin. It takes four to ten days to take effect and will last around three to four months.
With repeated treatment, the muscles re-educate themselves and the treatment generally become less frequent.
Is it safe?
Botulinum toxin has been used since the 1970’s for many medical reasons. It’s effects on the body is well understood as it is vigorously tested. Aesthetically, minute doses are considered safe. Some side effects can occur and can include bruising, excessive or uneven results and localised infection. Advice on how to reduce the risk of these is discussed after your treatment.
What happens during treatment?
The procedure itself takes only a few minutes. You will be asked to use certain muscles on your face, so it can be observed how they function. The area is then cleaned, and a fine, short needle is used to administer the treatment under the skin. This may cause some mild and brief discomfort. There may be some small swelling and redness that will settle after a matter of minutes. Arnica gel will be used after your treatment to minimise any bruising. Time will then be spent to go through your after care, and you will be able to return to everyday activities as normal.
“I have visited Kelly twice now and like to say that the experience was outstanding. Being needle phobic, having this treatment wasn’t a decision that I took lightly. However, Kelly took the time to talk the procedure over with me to ensure I was relaxed and at ease. The atmosphere is friendly yet professional and I am absolutely thrilled with the results and will not hesitate to recommend her to others” – Mrs C, Lancing.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal filler is an injectable product that, as the name suggests, fills the lines making them appear smoother. The results are instant and last approximately a year.
How does it work?
It is injectable biocompatible hyaluronic acid gel, which is a naturally occurring substance. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the skin giving it that full appearance of young skin, but unfortunately as we age, our skin’s ability to produce it dwindles. When injected under the skin, hyaluronic acid combines with water to enhance the smoothness of deeper lines caused by ageing, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
Is it safe?
Hyaluronic acid is a substance produced naturally, so allergy is very rare. Side effects can result in bruising, inflammation, lumps and redness – although these symptoms are mild and temporary. You will be given advice to minimise the risks of these in your aftercare.
What happens during the treatment?
The procedure starts with a local anaesthetic cream which is applied to the area to be treated. It can take 30 minutes for this to take effect. The area is then cleaned, and a fine, short needle is used to administer the hyaluronic acid gel. You may feel some mild discomfort for the first injection, but the gel has anaesthetic within it to reduce any pain. The product will be massaged under the skin to ensure smooth and even results. After treatment, arnica gel is applied to reduce bruising and aftercare advice will be given. You can return to your day to day activities immediately after treatment.
Collagen Induction Therapy
What is Collagen Induction Therapy and how does it work?
Using micro-needles on a medical-graded roller or pen device, it is moved over the skin to create very small puncture wounds to initiate the healing process. Fibroblasts create signals leading to the production of more collagen in the skin. There will be some minor bleeding and redness to the skin, but this will not be visible following the treatment.
How long does it take to see the results?
You’ll recognise an improvement to the skin approximately three weeks after your first treatment. For the best results, a course of three to five treatments is recommended – four to six weeks apart – depending on your skin issues and the areas requiring treatment. Your skin will then continue to improve for up to 12 months and we recommend one to two treatments per year.
What is Dermapen 3MD tm?
This is a revolutionary small hand-held device that delivers up to 1300 micro punctures to the skin per second, with varying needle depths and speed control.
What are the benefits of Dermapen 3MD compared to other microneedling devices?
It’s considered safer and more effective due to the control of speed and needle depth for the benefit of treating various issues and different layers of the skin. It can target areas other devices can’t.
Is Dermapen treatment painful?
For treating issues that require deeper needle depth, a local anaesthetic cream is applied prior to treatment. For more shallow treatments this is not required and is generally painless. People do report mild discomfort in some areas, but this is usually short lived.
What is Genuine Dermaroller?
This is a hand-held rolling device that is studded with 100 micro needles. It is rolled over the skin to create micro puncture wounds to the skin.
Is Dermaroller treatment painful?
As the needle depth isn’t adaptable, anaesthetic cream is applied and there will be some discomfort during your treatment. The skin will feel like its sunburnt for a few hours after treatment.
What is a skin peel?
A skin peel is a technique using a solution, derived from sugar cane, that loosens the ‘glue’ that holds down the top layer of dead skin, revealing the new skin beneath. It also works on the deeper skin layers aiding hydration all leading to a more vibrant appearance of the skin.
How many treatments do I need?
You’ll notice a difference to the condition of your skin immediately after the first treatment. A course of three to five treatments, four weeks apart are recommended to correct varying skin issues. We recommend two treatments per year to maintain your skin.
What happens during the treatment?
During the procedure your skin is thoroughly cleaned before a booster treatment is applied. This is followed by the glycolic peel solution being brushed on to the skin. The solution activates in up to five minutes, before being removed with a neutralising solution. The skin peel is completed with the application of a soothing, powerful antiaging balm. The treatment will last about 20 minutes and you can be back to your normal routine the same day.
Are there any side effects?
The skin is virtually normal in appearance after treatment. Any redness will be temporary and normal. In very rare cases some weeping may occur.
Do skin peels hurt?
No, there will only be some mild stinging or tingling. If it does become uncomfortable, the solution can be neutralised quickly.
“I am in my early forties and have combination skin with fines lines and a couple of age spots, so I was keen to try a skin peel. The treatment was painless, it just felt mildly ‘stingy’ whilst the solution was applied.
I’m very pleased with how bright and clear my complexion appears. My skin is left feeling smoother and softer and I literally feel glowing. Friends commented on how good my skin was looking. I would recommend this treatment and Kelly, whose warm, calm, professional manner instantly relaxed me.” – Miss W, Worthing