Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about our treatments

Q. What is Botox?
A. Botox is a protein derivative, which when injected into a muscle makes it inactive or weak.

Q. How does it work?
A. The creases on the face are formed by excessive use of particular facial muscles. Most of them are classed as dynamic wrinkles and these muscles can be injected into to weaken them temporarily, in effect relaxing those wrinkles.

Q. Is Botox safe?
A. If used appropriately – yes.

Q. How long will it take to show effect?
A. Mostly over 3-4 days but can take up to 2 weeks.

Q. Would the treatment need repeating?
A. The effect starts fading away in 3-4 months. Hence it is recommended that one should have 3-4 treatments in their 1st year.

Q. What happens during your treatment?
A. At your 1st consultation, based on your expectations, we agree on the treatment plan. This can be delivered on the same day or we can book a mutually convenient time to proceed.

Q. What is the procedure?
A. It takes about 20-30 minutes and botox is injected in minute amounts with a very fine needle. This treatment is not considered painful by most patients.

Q. What are the risks of Botox?
A. Botox has proven safe over a number of years with minimal side effects. It can cause slight redness, bruising and swelling at the site of injection. Occasionally, temporary drooping of eyelid may occur. Please consult your GP or us as soon as possible if that happens. If you are pregnant or breast feeding mother, this treatment is not recommended.

Q. What are dermal fillers?
A. Dermafillers are injectable products, derived from hyraluronic acid, that are used to fill your wrinkles and iron out the creases. They give volume and definition to the lips and cheeks.

Q. Which brands do we use?
A. We offer selected brands like Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, Emervel and Vycross.

Q. What are they used for?
A. To correct or enhance facial contours; cheeks, nose, temples, chin and jawline, soften wrinkles or folds, help define, correct or enhance lips including vermillon border, improve tear troughs (hollows under the eyes). They can also be used to restore volume in hands and can restore the tone, texture and hydration of the skin.

Q. What is the procedure?
A. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour in average. After application of topical local anaesthetics, dermafillers are injected at specific sites.

Q. Does Dermafiller treatment hurt?
A. Topical anaesthetic is applied just prior to the treatment to minimize discomfort.

Q. Are there any side effects?
A. There may be some redness, swelling, bruising, itching and discomfort after the procedure, though most of the side effects are temporary and usually resolve quickly.

Q. What aftercare should you take?
A. It is advised not to wear any make-up for at least 12 hours, avoid alcohol, vigorous exercise, sunbathing, and extremes of heat or cold for 14 days after treatment.

Q. How long does the effect last?
A. Dermal fillers show instant results and the effect can last up to 18 months.

Q. Is it suitable for me?
A. We will take full history and conduct relevant examination at the initial free consultation and advise you appropriately. It is contraindicated if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or on blood thinners. If you are currently or have completed a course of Roacutane (Isotretinoin) for acne in the last 18 months, it is not advisable.

Q. What is Hyperhidrosis?
A. Excessive sweating, that may affect specific areas such as the armpits, palms, feet or generalised affecting the whole body.

Q. What are the treatment options?
A. Botulinum toxin is used for excessive sweating. It is safe, very effective and practically painless. We inject it in small doses in skin at the affected site.

Q. How long does the effect last?
A. Improvements can be noticed in a few days and can last 4 to 6 months.

Please refer to the section on BOTOX for further information.

Q. What is a Chemical skin peel?
A. It is a process where special chemicals are applied to your skin to remove the superficial dead skin cells and reveal fresh cells underneath. It results in a healthier and fresher look.

Q. What all can be treated?
A. It can treat various skin conditions, like sun damaged skin, fine acne scars, fine wrinkles, dry skin, dark spots, loss of skin tone, uneven pigmentation and melasma.

Q. What is the procedure?
A. After initial consultation, the treatment would be applied and kept for a short time. The treatment can take 30-45 minutes.

Q. What about aftercare?
A. You are advised not to wear makeup for 1 week. Keep your skin well moisturized with appropriate skin care products. You can also apply mild cleanser and tap water.

Q. When can I see the effect?
A. After treatment, the skin will peel off over next few days to reveal younger looking skin.

Q. Do I need more treatment?
A. Yes, it is advised that you undergo 6 treatments every 2 weeks apart and then top up as required typically 4-6 weeks.

Q. What is Microdermabrasion?
A. It a process to mechanically remove dead skin by using fine crystals and vacuum them away. It is used for sun-damaged skin, fine wrinkles, scars, acne, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, to improve skin tone, to treat oily and dry skin.

Q. What is the procedure?
A. After cleaning the skin, a controlled stream of tiny crystals is applied with a handheld device, which loosens the superficial dead skin cells and vacuums them away. This reveals the healthier looking new skin.

Q. What are the risks?
A. Side effects are essentially rare and may include mild redness and flushing.

Q. What is a Dermaroller treatment?
A. A Dermaroller is a sterile single use medical device, which uses thousands of microneedles to create micropores on the skin. These holes close within few hours and stimulate repair and regeneration to create fresh, smooth and healthier looking skin.

Q. What are the uses?
A. It can be used for acne scars, sun damaged skin, facial and decollegeate lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.

Q. What is the procedure?
A. We apply topical anaesthetic to numb the skin on the affected area prior to “rolling”. This stimulates the skin to repair itself as the new collagen is formed and skin regenerates.

Q. How long the treatment lasts?
A. In theory the treatment may provide along term result.

Q. What is the after care?
A. You are advised to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours and protect the skin with UV sunscreen.

What is Soft Surgery treatment?

Soft Surgery treatment is a non-invasive bloodless, reliable, easy to implement and safe procedure. Due to this innovative technique it is now possible to obtain the same results as you would with traditional surgery, without the need of injectable anaesthesia, without scarring and without unnecessary risks.

How does the Plexr work?

This innovative technology utilises plasma – formed through ionization of atmospheric gasses – to stimulate instant contraction and tightening of skin fibres. This technology does not use scalpel or laser to remove excess skin. This procedure avoids many of the risks associated with traditional intervention, providing a quick and easy recovery. The treatment is performed without cutting or need of stitches.

Your consultation

All prospective patients will have a face-to-face complimentary consultation with us before making an appointment to undergo this procedure. During the consultation we will analyse your tissues and explain the range of treatment options available.

How is the Plexr treatment performed?

The treatment is performed through dots made with the Plexr device at 500 microns apart to stimulate instant contraction and tightening of the skin fibres. Each of these dots sublimates (which means to change a substance from a solid into a gas) the superficial skin cells without affecting an important deeper layer known as the basal lamina, without causing bleeding and more importantly without damaging surrounding tissue.

During the Plexr treatment

A standard session lasts 20 to 30 minutes depending on the area. Patients are required to attend the appointment 30 minutes prior to the actual treatment to have topical numbing cream applied to the area to be treated to minimize the risk of discomfort during the procedure

After the treatment

Immediately after the treatment the treated area(s) will be quite red and mildly swollen. Patients may experience some swelling and mild discomfort in the treated area following their treatment and this may last up to 3 days. At the site of each dot of treatment a carbon crust immediately forms. These crusts should not be touched for 5-7 days except to camouflage them with oxygenating post-procedure foundation. We recommend Oxygenetix for this purpose.

How do I maximise the effects of Plexr treatment?

At the site of each dot of treatment a carbon crust immediately forms. These crusts should not be touched for 5-7 days except to camouflage them with post-procedure foundation.

• Avoid applying moisturising creams until the carbon crusts have fallen off, usually after 5-7 days.

Be extra cautious not to rub off the carbon crusts for the first 5-7 days.

• Avoid all direct sources of heat i.e. Sun, UV radiation and saunas for 4 weeks.

What are the side effects?

Immediately after the treatment the treated area will be quite red and mildly swollen. Any scabs will fall off after 3-5 days and carbon crusts fall off after 5-7 days. These can be camouflaged with post-procedure foundation. Unusual side effects include infection, scarring and temporary changes in skin pigmentation. The likelihood of these side effects is minimized by adherence to the aftercare advice given when the treatment is performed.

What can I expect to see after my first treatment and how long will it take for me to start noticing the effects?

Most people see noticeable result after the first treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 2-4 weeks. Some patients may require more than one treatment and this is subject to your personal expectation.

How long will the effect of the treatment last?

The treatment stimulates instant shortening of skin fibres and this process continues to take effect in the first 2-4 weeks. The effect of the treatment is subject to the number of treatments, your lifestyle and ageing process and typically lasts for the same amount of time as traditional surgery such as surgical blepharoplasty. You will age as you would otherwise and your skin will continue to relax as part of the ageing process.

How many treatments are required?

The number of treatments will vary according to the desired degree of correction and individual’s physiological response to the treatment. After the results gained in the following 2-4 weeks, some patients may require further treatment to achieve optimal results, which should be carried out at 6-8 weekly intervals.

Is Plexr safe?

Plexr is very safe with full European CE approval. About 3200 Plexr devices have been sold worldwide. Only doctors who have received specialized training are authorized to perform treatments with the Plexr.

Is Plexr treatment right for me?

If you suffer from loose skin in your upper/lower eyelids that gives you a “tired” look and you are seeking a non-surgical solution to tighten your skin, then the Plexr could be your answer. Furthermore, Plexr can be used for face and body lifting, acne treatment, scar correction, tattoo removal, belly button stretch marks, removal of benign skin growths and lesions, etc.

SOFT SURGERY TREATMENTS

All treatments are performed with Plexr, the world’s first plasma generator for skin sublimation.

• Non-surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid tightening);

• Face lifting;

• Body and bellybutton lifting;

• Acne treatment;

• Removal of dermatofibromata (benign skin growths), naevi (moles), verrucae, keloids and xanthelasmata (yellow deposits of fat beneath the skin, usually near eyelids);

• Tattoo removal (all colours);

• Correction of scars including post-acne scars;

• Treatment of swollen, periumbilical striae (stretch marks around the belly button).

What is Cryotherapy?

CryoPenTM is an advanced cryotherapy innovation that is fast effective, safe and new solution for removal of skin imperfections. Procedures typically last 5 to 30 seconds, so you can be in and out in a matter of minutes.

The CryoPenTM emits fine jet of Nitrous Oxide under high pressure, which allows the us to work with millimeter precision. This destroys the tissue by freezing inter-cellular fluid, forming ice crystals, which rupture the cell membrane, thereby destroying the cell. There is no collateral damage to healthy tissue. This is incredibly accurate and practical.

What all can be treated?

We can treat Skin tags, Solar lentigo, Age spots, Milia, Cherry Angiomas, abnormal Pigmentation on the flat of the skin, Warts and Verrucae.

How it works?

First cycle – freezeThe applicator is held close to the skin. This could take 1-30 seconds, depending upon the size and depth.

ThawAfter the first freeze cycle, the tissue is allowed to thaw for about 30 seconds.

Second cycle – freezeIn the 2nd cycle the tissue will freeze faster than during the first freezing cycle.

What are the side effects?

Cryotherapy is a relatively low risk procedure. The following side effects may occur:

Pigmentary changes (hypo or hyperpigmentation) – skin colour normally returns to normal after few weeks.

Nerve damage (particularly in areas where nerves lie close to the surface of the surface of the skin, on fingers, wrist, areas behind the ears) – normal sensitivity returns after a few months

Shards of frozen ice (minor shards of frozen ice might blow out, that will thaw on contact with healthy skin.

Hair follicle damage and permanent alopecia (especially when treating area on sites with coarse terminal hair

How long is the treatment?

The duration will depend upon the surface area and the thickness of the tissue being treated. After clinical evaluation of the depth of the lesion, we would be able to ascertain the application time from 1-30 seconds.

How safe is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a relatively low risk procedure. CryoPenTM delivers nitrous oxide precisely to the area, hence avoiding collateral damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. CryoPenTM is both CE and FDA approved

Is the treatment painful?

You would experience pain sensation similar to a stinging nettle on the skin when the nitrous oxide reaches the bottom of the area. This sensation may continue for a few minutes after the treatment.