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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect after my filler treatment?

With any cosmetic injection there will always be a chance for bruising and swelling.  Please allow 5 – 7 days prior to any big event for downtime.   Everyone is different and just because you didn’t bruise the last time doesn’t mean you wont this time.

  1. One week prior to injections avoid the following medications/supplements: aspirin, NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin etc.), St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, Multivitamins, Krill Oil, Fish Oils, Flaxseed Oils, Omega-3,Ringko, Ginseng, Garlic and Glucosamine
  2. Start taking Arnica tablets 5 days prior to injection OR Bromelain 2 weeks prior to injections.
  3. No alcohol consumption 2 days prior to injections
  4. After your treatment you can use Tylenol for any discomfort. Avoid taking meds listed above for 2 days.
  5. Apply Arnica gel several times/day to reduce swelling.
  6. Use cold packs on the injected area as needed for swelling or discomfort.
  7. No Massage post injections. Trust me…it’s tempting to touch those newly luscious lips but leave well enough alone. Massaging freshly injected lips risks moving the filler around causing the possibility of desportation and undesirable results
  8. Please avoid applying makeup for at least 24 hours post injection to avoid any bacteria getting into your injection sites.

What is Kybella®?

Kybella is the first and only non-surgical treatment approved by the FDA for contouring and improving the appearance and profile of mild to severe fat below the chin and jaw line. This is also known as submental fat or fullness; i.e. a “Double Chin”. Kybella effectively removes excess fat under the chin and neck, leaving a smooth jawline without the necessary recovery time of other treatments like liposuction or neck lift surgery.

How does Kybella work?

Kybella is a synthetic formulation of deoxycholic acid which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into targeted fat pockets, Kybella causes the rapid destruction of the fat cells by breaking down their cell membrane.  The damaged fat cells are then removed from the area and the body by the body’s natural metabolic process. Kybella only targets fat cells; all other cells and tissue remain unaffected.

It is important to note that this process is different from losing weight. When an individual loses weight, the fat cells shrink; leading to a reduction in overall visible volume. However, Kybella permanently destroys the fat cells at the treatment site, thus achieving results that are permanent (unless there is a big change in your lifestyle and dietary habits that cause the remaining fat cells to expand significantly).

Are multiple Kybella treatments required?

Depending on each patient characteristics and goals multiple treatments may be necessary. Most patients experience visible results within two to four treatment sessions. Treatment sessions are spaced about a month apart.

What are the possible side effects of Kybella®?

The most common side effects of Kybella® include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.

The safety profile of KYBELLA® is well characterized. The most common side effects are swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and areas of hardness around the treatment area. Rare side effects include trouble swallowing and nerve injury to the marginal mandibular nerve that can cause an uneven smile. These side effects usually resolve within one month of the injection and are not permanent.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

Platelet Rich Plasma for Facial Rejuvenation:  PRP is a growth-factor rich golden liquid derived from your own blood. It ramps up stem cell production. Increasing the elastin and collagen syntheses in the areas that are treated.   It is a perfect treatment for those who are not ready for Dermal Filler.  It can be used to treat under eye areas hollows and dark circles or in conjunction with many resurfacing treatments to help increase the healing process.

Platelet Rich Plasma for hair re-growth:  This plasma is rich in growth factors that can help stimulate your hair follicles to function the best they can.

If you’ve noticed your hair part is getting wider or your hair is just not as thick as it used to be, this is an exciting new therapeutic option for men and women who require stimulation of hair growth.


What happens during Platelet Rich Plasma therapy?

10 to 20 minutes before your procedure, your practitioner will draw 10-20ml of blood. This is done in a similar way to when you have blood taken for testing at the doctor’s office.

The blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet plasma from the red blood cells. What is left is a golden liquid that contains growth factdors, this is what is referred to as PRP .

A topical local anaesthetic will then be applied to the area that is being treated. The PRP will then be injected into the skin in the desired area using a very fine needle. Injections will be given multiple times in multiple locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area.

The whole procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

It may take a few weeks for the results of the PRP therapy to become visible, but with two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results of PRP therapy to last for up to one and a half years.

Who should not have a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment?

To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who are unable to undergo more invasive procedures such as a full face lift, due to the risks associated with general anaesthetic (although it will not achieve the same results as a surgical face lift).

Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy.

Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates.

What are the side effects of Dermal Fillers?

In general, the procedure of injecting the filler is safe, with very little downtime, and with results that can be seen immediately.  Most often the most common side effect is bruising and swelling.    However, there is a rare, but extremely significant potential risk, that patient’s need to always be aware of: Vascular Occlusion or Vascular Compromise.

A Vascular occlusion can be devastating causing tissue damage (ulceration or loss of skin from disruption of blood flow). Make sure your provider understands the risks and is trained and prepared to deal with any complications that may occur.

Please see our blog for more information on this topic.

What is a chemical peel?

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

All Peels require one to seven days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. With each Chemical Peel clients will often have a post care treatment regiment to follow at home. Makeup can usually be worn the next day. This will vary from client to client.  Sunscreen should always be worn at all times especially during the peeling stage.

A chemical peel is a technique used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. The new skin is also temporarily more sensitive to the sun.

All Peels require one to seven days to heal. Treated skin will initially be red and may scale. Lotion or cream should be applied until the skin heals, followed by daily use of sunscreen. Makeup can usually be worn the next day. This will vary from client to client.

When is a chemical peel appropriate?

Chemical peels are used to treat a number of conditions including:

  • Acne scars
  • Aging skin
  • Crow’s feet
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemicals peels sting but do not cause a great deal of pain. The gentlest peels use alpha-hydroxy, glycolic, lactic or fruit acids are also gentle. They may cause stinging, redness, irritation and crusting but as the skin begins to adjust all these problems will lessen.

Who is not a candidate for a chemical peel?

In the past most Chemical peels were generally used for  light-haired and fair skinned people. In recent years there have been newly formulated peels that are targeted at darker skin types.   Darker skin toned clients will require a pre-treatment skincare regimen at least 4-6 weeks prior to prep the skin for best possible results.

Chemical peels are not recommended for individuals with infections, active skin disease, cut or broken skin, sunburns or active Herpes simplex 1 sores. Other counter-indications include patients who are:

  • Nursing or pregnant.
  • Have taken Accutane in last six months.
  • Have psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or rosacea.
  • Have used Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents or other acid-based products in the last 5-7 days.

We believe that natural-looking is always the best-looking.



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