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Frequestly Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about Non-surgical Cosmetic Treatments

FAQ: Anti-wrinkle Relaxant

1. What is Anti-wrinkle Treatment?
About Anti-wrinkle treatment

Wrinkles are formed by our everyday facial movements. When we are young these lines spring away when we stop laughing or frowning but as we age our faces become maps of our daily emotions, with lines and wrinkles permanently etched for all to see.

Sometimes these lines can be at odds with how we are feeling. Frown lines, formed over years of expressions, can make us look stressed and tired even when we are feeling our best.

Anti-wrinkle injections are the solution. They smooth out and remove the wrinkles to leave a fresher more youthful face.

2. Types of Anti-wrinkle Treatments?
Muscle relaxant and dermal fillers

There are two types of treatments to smooth away wrinkles and they are often used together for optimum results. There are injectable muscle relaxants that work by relaxing the muscles that cause us to frown and there are dermal fillers that are used to plump up and smooth out folds and lines that are permanently on our faces, such as vertical lip lines or the folds that run from our nose to our lips (nasolabial folds). Dermal fillers return lost volume and definition that age has taken away from the lips.

3. What is injectable muscle relaxant?
Injectable muscle relaxant

A natural purified protein used to relax the specific facial muscles that cause the wrinkle, formed during facial expressions. Once the muscle is relaxed you can no longer contract it. The lines become softened and new ones are prevented. It is ideal for, but not limited to, the treatment of frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines.

Injectable muscle relaxants can also be used for improving the jawline without surgery. Say goodbye to an undefined ageing jawline . Your jawline can be lifted and defined with the aptly named Nefertiti lift.

4. What is involved?
Anti-wrinkle treatment is simple and highly effective.

Using a very fine needle a small amount of the muscle relaxant is injected into the wrinkle causing muscle. There is no down time and you can return to normal activities immediately. It takes 3-4 days for the treatment to begin to take effect and up to 10 days to see the full effect.

5. When do I see the result?
See result within a week
It takes 3-4 days for the treatment to begin to take effect and up to 10 days to see the full effect.

6. Is it painful?
Yes but uncomfortable is minimal
Discomfort is minimal with only a tiny sting that lasts a few seconds, however, topical anaesthetic cream is available for those who prefer and ice is used to further minimize discomfort.
7. How long will it last?
Treatment is not permanent

The treatment lasts approximately 4 months with a gradual wearing off as expressions lines return to their original appearance. You can return for further treatment when you feel you need to be retreated to maintain your smoother look. If you choose not to return your lines and wrinkles will return to their pre-injection state.

8. Are there any side effects?
The treatment affects individual differently

The muscle relaxant used for anti-wrinkle treatment has been used in Australia therapeutically for over 20 years and there have been no permanent side effects reported. Possible temporary side effects are stinging, bruising or redness at the injection site. Very rarely partial eyelid or eyebrow droop or double vision can occur but these are temporary and resolve themselves.

FAQ: Dermal Fillers

5.What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are a smooth injectable gel that helps hydrate the skin by retaining water and combining with collagen and elastin to provide structure and volume. Dermal fillers are manufactured specially for smoothing of wrinkles and for soft, natural lip enhancement. It ideal for replacing the volume and elasticity lost through the process of aging.

2.How are dermal fillers be used?

Dermal fillers are used to smooth out facial folds such as the nasolabial folds (the folds running from the edge of the nose to the corners of the mouth)adding volume and structure to the face resulting in a more youthful appearance.  They also rejuvenate the mouth by filling the fine lines of the upper lip, define and add volume to the lips.

3.What is involved?

The treatment is a non surgical procedure. Using a very fine needle the dermal filler is injected just under the skin to lift a line or wrinkle or add volume to the lips. A local anaesthetic can used to help numb the area being treated. There is minimal discomfort with little or no downtime. This can be a lunchtime procedure, as most can return to their normal activities.

4.Can dermal fillers be used with other procedures?

Dermal fillers are ideal when combined with other procedures for total facial rejuvenation. Our highly trained staff can recommend how to combine therapies to achieve the best outcome for your concerns.

5.How long does the treatment last?

There are various strengths of dermal fillers, for fine lines, medium lines & deep lines, so treatment is tailored for your needs. The product has cross-linking in the gel. Cross-linking is the substance that is added to the gel, to give the product longevity or longer lasting resistance.

6. Are there possible side effects?

Side effects can occur, they are usually minimal and confined to the injection site. They include swelling, tenderness, redness and bruising and will usually resolve themselves.

FAQ: PRP Treatment

1. What is the PRP?
PRP also known as Platelet Rich Plasma is a component of whole blood that contains a concentrated amount of growth factors.

2. What is the PRP process?
PRP process is part of the treatment where a blood sample of approximately 10-20 mls is collected from your body and placed on special sterile tubes. The blood sample is then immediately placed in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and platelet portion using the separator gel as a special filter. The PRP portion of your blood is then injected back into your skin to help stimulate new collagen production, and to re-energize your cells into rejuvenating themselves.
3. Which facial and body areas can be treated by PRP?
The following facial and body areas can be treated by PRP:
  • The delicate fine eye area – The Peri Orbital Rim
  • Cheeks
  • Mid face (cheeks, naso labial area)
  • Jaw line
  • Thinning skin on the neck
  • Back of hands
  • Knees
  • Elbows
  • Arms
4. What results can expect from my PRP treatment?
Results of PRP treatment
Three weeks after treatment results will become visible with an improvement in texture and tone to the skin. as the Platelets stimulate the growth factors which assist in more collagen growth. This will gradually improve over the ensuing months. Cosmecuticals and other therapies, such as Thermage, will complement and enhance the results. Advanced wrinkling and severe scarring may not respond.
5. How many treatments will I require?
Number of treatments require
This will be dependent on your age and the health of your skin. Two to three treatments four weeks apart is normally recommended with a maintenance treatment each 6 months or yearly, however, your personal needs will determine the treatment protocol and your clinician will advise you.
6. Are there any side effects of PRP rejuvenation?
Side effects of PRP
  • Minimal: Expect minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours. Some can Experience headaches
  • Modest: Some may feel faint. A bruise at the venapuncture site may be visible for 2-3 days.
  • Severe: Occasionally skin cellulitis or a secondary skin infection can occur which can be treated with antibiotics.
7. Can anyone have this treatment?
PRP not recommended for people who are...
  • SMOKERS, drug and alcohol uses
  • Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome
  • Critical Thombocytopenia
  • Haemodynamic Instability
  • Sepsis
  • Acute and Chronic Infections
  • Chronic Liver Pathology
  • Anti Coagulation therapy
  • Persons with Skin Disease or Cancer
  • Severe Metabolic and Systemic Disorders.

FAQ: Fractional Laser Treatment

1. What is Fractional Laser Treatment?
Fractional Laser

Fractional laser treatment is a quick and comfortable laser procedure with little to no down time, used for improving the overall appearance of your skin. ProFractional uses a laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. Only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser so healing time is quick and down time is short.

2. What conditions can be treated with Fractional?
Use of fractional laser

Fractional laser can be used to improve a wide variety of skin conditions but it is mostly used for:

  • wrinkles and fine lines
  • post-traumatic scars
  • acne scars
  • sun-induced damage and aged skin 
3. How does the Fractional laser work?

Fractional laser uses light energy to create thousands of microscopic channels in the skin which are surrounded by areas of healthy, untreated skin. The zones of untreated skin allow for faster healing and make it more suitable for patients of darker skin type (in contrast to older resurfacing technologies that treated one hundred percent of the skin surface.) The treated areas stimulate production of new collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing out wrinkles, lines, scars and other irregularities.

4. Who should consider Fractional treatment?

If you are looking for younger-looking skin, or to improve scars, wrinkles or sun damage with a reasonably comfortable treatment and with fast recovery, you may be a candidate for ProFractional laser. ProFractional laser is suitable for scar correction in patients of darker skin type.

5. What areas can be treated?

Most skin areas can be treated. The face is the commonest area. The face has a large recovery reservoir and can be treated more aggressively than other areas, such as the back of the hands.

6. How long does Fractional laser therapy take?

Fractional laser is fast, comfortable, and typically is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure normally takes 15-30 minutes, depending upon the condition and size of the area being treated.

7. Is it painful?

Fractional laser does require some anaesthesia. Topical numbing creams are commonly applied in advance (up to two hours or so) to produce anaesthesia. This allows for a very comfortable procedure. Smaller areas can be treated with local anaesthetic injections. Similarly, numbing creams can be supplemented with injection anaesthesia if there is still discomfort.

8. What are the side-effects of Fractional laser treatment?

It is normal for there to be slight crusting of the skin surface on dressings. This will typically clear with the use of moisturiser or Vaseline.
As with any therapy, scarring is possible but is a rare side-effect of Fractional treatment.
Redness is normal following treatment and usually fades over five days or so, dependent on the depth and density of the micro-injuries.
Faint patterning is possible as a side-effect but usually fades back to normal over several months.
As per any injury, infection is possible but is unusual following treatment.
Finally, whilst not a side-effect, response to treatment is often partial. For example, acne scarring will usually improve by 50% or so with a number of Fractional treatments. It is often difficult to obtain a greater response.

9. How many Fractional treatments will I need?

ProFractional laser is typically done in a series of 1 - 4 treatments, usually spaced a month or two apart, depending upon your needs. ProFractional laser can be combined with other procedures, such as a laser peel or skin-tightening procedures, to further enhance the treatment result.

FAQ: Cost schedule

1. How much does it costs?
Treatment Costs

Costs vary depending on the types of treatment required and the technology involved. For a comprehensive quotation, please visit our Phi Cosmendical Clinic or make a no obligation FREE consultation

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