FAQs

Chemical Peels

  • What is a chemical peel?

    A chemical peel is a deep exfoliation treatment used to remove damaged layers of skin to reveal smoother, rejuvenated, fresh looking skin. A variety of chemicals can be used as peeling agents and include glycolic acid and trichloroacetic (TCA) acid.

  • Is it painful?

    During the application of the peeling agent, you will feel slight tingling and a perfectly bearable feeling of heat and then everything will settle down.

  • What are chemical peels used for?

    Chemical peels are used for the treatment of photo-aging (from sun damage), wrinkles, scarring, acne, and discoloration (including melasma, freckles, and age spots).

  • How are chemical peels performed?

    There are numerous chemical peels and each one is performed differently. In general, chemical peels usually begin with cleansing of the skin, followed by application of the appropriate peel.

  • What is the most popular peel solution?

    Glycolic Acid – probably due to the fact that all skin types benefit from this.

  • How long do chemical peels take?

    Most peels can be performed within 10-15 minutes, depending on the peel being used.

  • How many peels will I need?

    Generally for most chemical peels a course of at least 4 peels is recommended every 2 weeks.

  • How long after a chemical peel before I can return to normal activities?
    1. Light Peels- The light peel takes approximately three to five days to complete the shedding process. No downtime required.
    2. Medium Peels- Medium peels usually persist for five to seven days.

Botulinum Toxin

  • What is Botulinum Toxin used for?

    Botulinum toxins have been used for many years to treat muscular problems including eyelid spasm and facial spasms. The ageing face has wrinkles and furrows caused by the action of repeated facial muscle action. Botulinum toxin relaxes specific facial muscles that cause unwanted lines such as deep creases between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and forehead lines.

  • How does Botulinum Toxin work?

    A highly popular and well known cosmetic treatment reversibly paralyses muscles (‘Brow-freezing’) to smooth wrinkles and prevent deeper lines forming. It can therefore be used to treat such facial lines caused primarily by the action of the muscles on the skin.

  • How long do Botulinum Toxin injections take and is it painful?

    A number of injections will be required and these generally only cause a mild sting lasting seconds. It is important to be aware that it takes between 5-7 days for the treatment to work and will generally be optimal at about 2 weeks.

  • How long does Botulinum Toxin last?

    Repeat treatments are usually needed approximately every 3-4 months.

  • What are the side effects of Botulinum Toxin?

    Side effects of this treatment are rare and usually mild but you need to be aware of the following;

    Headaches, bruising at the injection site, drooping eyelids, eye pain, heavy brow and raised eyebrows.

  • Special precautions

    You should not undergo treatment if you are pregnant or breast feeding.


Dermal Fillers

  • What are dermal fillers?

    Dermal fillers are injections used in facial aesthetics to add volume and fill out wrinkles and creases in our skin due to ageing. They can also be used to increase the volume and definition of the lips. Dermal fillers instantly diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and give a more youthful appearance.

  • When will I see results?

    The results are immediate; however there may be slight swelling due to tissue trauma.

  • How long will the effects last?

    One of the great advantages of dermal filler treatment is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors, such as the individual’s skin type, skin condition lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended around every 6 to 9 months.

  • Will it hurt?

    Some people may experience some mild discomfort during the treatment. A local anaesthetic cream can be applied to the area being treated to minimize any discomfort.

  • What are the side effects?

    The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, redness, or tenderness at the injection site. The reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear within a few days. Lips can be particularly sensitive and swelling may last for a few days.

  • Are Dermal Fillers Safe?

    There are numerous dermal fillers available. I only use reputable products that have high safety profiles.  These include Juvederm and Merz products.  These are the most scientifically documented HA based dermal fillers in the world with comprehensive studies that support their safety and efficacy.