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FAQ

What is Botox?

Botox is a prescription medicine made from a naturally occurring purified protein which relaxes muscles. It is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults. So you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines.

It’s a quick 10-minute treatment with minimal downtime. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines.

Where can Botox be used?

When used cosmetically it relaxers the muscles that create specific lines such as the frown and crow’s feet.

Is Botox safe?

Yes. Botox has been used cosmetically for over 20 years with no known side effects. The medicine is also used for over 300 different medical conditions, usually in doses from 100 – 800 units per treatment. Comparatively, cosmetic treatments use doses of around 20 units.

Is Botox tested on animals?

No. Allergan (the leading manufacturer of Botox®) spent billions of dollars to remove the need for animal testing. The Botox we use in our clinic has not been tested on animals. All treatments and products must be non-animal in origin to enter our clinic.

If I start using Botox, will I have to continue for the rest of my life?

No. You can stop whenever you like with no adverse effects. The nice thing about Botox is that if you have one treatment and decide not to continue, your muscles will go back to normal and the lines will gradually come back, but if you consistently have a series of treatments, we start to ‘train’ the muscles, and the lines will take a lot longer to come back. Botox reduces the damage to the skin caused by facial expressions and gives skin space to repair.

Does Botox require any downtime and is the treatment long?

No. You may resume all normal activities straight after being treated however, we do recommend no leaning or putting pressure on the treated sites for up to 5 days. After consent and education, the actual Botox treatment is relatively quick – expect 10 minutes.

What are the side effects of Botox?

There has been no serious or long term side effects in the cosmetic doses, in over 25 years of using it cosmetically, and no allergic reactions in over 30 years of using it medically. Some of the potential side effects are mild and temporary selling, bruising or redness.

What is Botulinum Toxin (Botox / Xeomin)?

Botulinum Toxin therapy is available and registered in New Zealand in three forms Botox®, Dysport® and Xeomin®.  This product is a natural, highly purified protein that is extracted from the bacteria, Clostridium Botulinum, in a similar way that penicillin is from mould. The product is produced under strictly regulated conditions.

What happens during the treatment?

A full medical history will be taken prior to your treatment and you will have an opportunity to discuss any aspects with your Cosmetic Physician. You will need to complete a consent form before treatment.

Your nurse will determine exactly where to use the product to achieve the best results for you. No local anaesthetic is required, although your doctor may use ice or apply a topical anaesthetic cream if required. Tiny amounts are injected into selected facial muscles using a very fine needle. Discomfort is minimal and brief which only lasts for a few seconds.

How quickly will I see results?

You may see results in as early as 2-3 days, however typically improvement is noticed in 5-7 days. The peak effect is between 10-21 days after treatment.

What side effects could occur?

Possible side-effects include tenderness and mild bruising at the injection site, slight headache in the first few days after your initial treatment. Drooping of an eyelid or eyebrow is uncommon, and if occurs is only temporary. Muscles and anatomy are unique in each individual which may result in an asymmetrical effect. This is easily correctable at your complimentary review within 14 days of treatment. There have been no permanent side effects reported.

Who should not be treated?

Botulinum Toxin has not been studied in pregnancy, and it is therefore unknown if fetal harm will result if a pregnant woman is treated with Botulinum Toxin. Therefore, the use of Botulinum Toxin is not recommended during pregnancy. Additionally, it is unknown if Botulinum Toxin (botulinum A exotoxin) is excreted in breast milk, where it could affect a nursing infant. Therefore, Botulinum Toxin treatment is not recommended for use in lactating women. Additionally, patients with neuromuscular disease, such as myasthenia gravis and Eaton-Lambert syndrome, should not be treated with Botulinum Toxin as it may worsen these conditions. Of course, anyone who has had an allergic reaction to Botulinum Toxin should not be treated. 

How does Botulinum Toxin work?

Botulinum Toxin treatment works by relaxing wrinkle-causing muscles creating a softer, rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.  With repeated treatments your lines gradually soften and new lines are prevented from forming.

Botulinum Toxin  a simple procedure performed by one of our experienced doctors or nurses. The most common areas we treat are the frown lines, lines on the forehead, and the ‘Crows Feet’ around the eyes. However it also can be used for lines around the mouth, shaping your jaw muscles, lifting your brow, hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and for tension-migraine headaches. Botulinum Toxin treatments are also used to treat medical conditions such as Bell’s palsy and facial spasms.

How long does a Botulinum Toxin treatment last?

The effects from botulinum toxin typically last 3 to 6 months. Subsequent treatments may prove to have more lasting results, up to one year in duration. Treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may last up to one year (average 6 months).

Will I look frozen or plastic?

If your treatment is administered properly, by a highly-trained clinician, you will still be able to show expression. Depending on the area treated, it may be appropriate to only weaken the muscle movement. You can discuss this with your clinician prior to treatment.

The vast majority of clients are extremely happy with the results of their treatment. The most common comment made by friends and family of clients after receiving  treatment is that they appear to be more “rested.” 

What area can be treated?

In New Zealand it is registered for use in frown lines between your eyebrows, and on your forehead. However, it is also successfully used in the “crow’s feet”, smokers’ lines around the mouth and treating hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), for tension-migraine headaches, and many other facial and neck areas.

What aftercare do I need?

We advise not to rub the treated area, lie down for 3 hours after the treatment or have a facial within a week of treatment. We also encourage abstaining from vigorous exercise for the remainder of the day. 

Is lip filler safe?

Yes, HA fillers such as Juvederm and Belotero have a strong safety history of tens of millions of people treated worldwide over the last 10+ years. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our bodies, and its job in skin is to attract water and create plumpness. We lose HA from the skin as we get older, which is why our skin becomes thinner, drier and more wrinkly as we age. With the HA fillers, we are simply putting something back into the skin that is usually there, but in a stabilized form so that it lasts longer – usually 4-6 months for standard lip fillers

Is lip filler permanent?

No, the HA fillers that we use are not permanent. In the worst case scenario where someone gives you a result that you don’t like, we can quickly and easily remove the filler with tiny injections of hyaluronidase, the enzyme that breaks it down in your body. The hyaluronidase enzyme works within 48 hours, and can often start breaking down the HA filler as soon as it’s injected into the skin. Your lips will go back to what they were like before the treatment.

How much lip filler will I need?

The amount of filler used to fill your lips will depend on what your lips look like to begin with, your other facial characteristics and what you want to achieve. If you wish, we can place smaller amounts in to begin with and build the size of your lips up over time – this way no one will know, unless you tell them!

Does lip filler hurt?

We apply numbing cream prior to your treatment to reduce the level of discomfort. Each person will have a different experience but our nurses will do their upmost to make you as comfortable as possible.

How is a lip augmentation performed?

You will have a thorough consultation and assessment, and both you and your cosmetic nurse will create a tailored plan to help you reach your desired look. You will receive full education so that you feel fully informed to make your own decision. Before photos will be taken and you will then be able to schedule an appointment to come in for the actual treatment. Treatment takes around 20-60 minutes, as we are very fussy about achieving balance in your face, and like to take our time to ensure a beautiful, natural looking result.

What if you don't like your lip fillers?

If you don’t like your lip fillers, the good news is they aren’t a permanent fixture.

As the filler is a natural occurring substance, it will be broken down over a period of months.

However, if you want them gone immediately there is another injection you can get that dissolves the filler within five minutes and reverses its effects straight away.

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers are like gels that consist of the substance, which mimics what’s found naturally under one’s skin. After consultation with your nurse specialist during which expectations and goals will be discussed thoroughly, your dentist would lay out the treatment plan. Then, the procedure will then start. The numbing cream will also be applied to the area of treatment and you’ll wait about thirty minutes for this to take effect.

Tiny needles will be used for injecting the filler into targeted areas.

Dermal fillers offer a painless and simple way to knock years off one’s appearance. The natural gel is safe and encourages the skin to produce collagen to restore a youthful appearance.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Dermal fillers are safe for everyone as they are made from natural substances. There are limited side effects with dermal fillers because they are made from water and hyaluronic acid, both of which are found naturally in the body. Some people may encounter some redness, swelling, and irritation at the injection site for a few hours and potentially for a few days after the procedure.

What Are The Costs?

Much of the pricing structure depends on where the injections are being made, how many injections are needed, and the actual product that is being used.

Are Dermal Fillers And Botox The Same Procedure?

No – They are actually very different. Botox is made from a neurotoxin that is designed to temporarily paralyze the muscles. Dermal fillers are a gel-like consistency that is injected into various areas to provide volume and a plump look. Each of these will provide very different results.

We recommend coming in for an obligation free consult with our nurse to ensure you know which one you want and which one will provide the appearance that you are trying to achieve.

What areas can PRP facial rejuvenation treat?

Areas that may be treated with the non-surgical PRP:

  • loss of volume in cheeks
  • early sagging of the face
  • crepey skin under the eyes
  • poor skin texture
  • dull, grey skin
  • mouth corners
  • lip shape
  • brows

How can the PRP help you look younger?

The face ages in two ways:

  1. There is loss of volume from bone, muscle, fat, and skin. This can make the under eye area and cheeks look flat and hollow. The skin can look dull or gray instead of being rosy as it was when younger.
  2. The loss of support of the skin results in drooping upper eyelids, lower eyelids, cheeks, jowls and sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”).

Who is the PRP for?

The Vampire Facelift was developed for people who want healthy, youthful, and rejuvenated skin, but done quickly and without surgery. The procedure uses your own body’s healing and regenerative properties.

How long does the PRP take?

The consultation takes 30 minutes, whilst the actual treatment, will take 60 minutes.

Does the it hurt?

The procedure is a near painless series of injections it to areas of the face to reduce wrinkles, add youthful volume, and improve the quality of your skin. Blood is drawn from the arm in the same way as with any blood test. Using a patented technique, the growth factors in platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are extracted from that blood sample and injected into the face.

What are the possible side effects of the PRP Facelift?

The procedure has been called a “lunchtime lift” because recovery is typically minimal. You can expect some redness and occasionally some bruising.

WHAT IS FILORGA NCTF 135 HA?

Filorga NCTF 135 HA is manufactured by Filorga Laboratories as a mesotherapy treatment that repairs and rehydrates aging skin. The uniqueformula works to nourish the skin with essential vitamins and minerals. It helps patients to instantly restore elasticity and hydration of the skin, while replenishing certain nutrients needed for optimal skin health.

The filler comes in a pack of 5 prefilled 3ml vials, 5 ready to use 3ml syringes, 5 withdrawal needles, 5 injection needles, and 10 traceability labels.

The high concentration of hyaluronic acid (5mg/ml) allows for a more intense treatment.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Filorga NCTF 135 HA is an anti-aging mesotherapy filler indicated for the hydration and revitalization of dull, dry skin. Use to fill in skin depressions in the face, neck, inner arm, decollete area, back of the hands, inner thigh, and periumbilical area. Use to hydrate and to restore tired, slack skin.

Use this injectable solution to help combat the loss of elasticity, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dull and loose skin.

As well, doctors use this filler to retain optimal skin health.

HOW DOES THIS DERMAL FILLER WORK?

Filorga NCTF 135 HA contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, which helps to restore the lost moisture. This gives the skin a more radiant and refreshed appearance, while smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines. This filler helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to improve the overall appearance of the treated area.
With 14 vitamins, 6 minerals, and 23 amino acids, this filler works to restore essential nutrients in the skin that may have been lost due to aging or environmental factors.

The amino acids in the solution stimulates the production of important proteins, while the nucleic acid bases activate cellular communication. The coenzymes catalyse biochemical reactions, and the antioxidants work to prevent skin damage. Filorga NCTF 135 HA also contains minerals that help prevent and repair any deficiencies, and the vitamins support vital cell function. Together, the active ingredients in the filler provide the necessary nutrients that your patient’s skin needs to keep its healthy and youthful appearance.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

You can plan your patient’s treatment according to their particular needs. The procedure is typically administrated in three phases:

  1. Phase one includes 4 sessions, 7 to 15 days apart;
  2. Phase two includes 2 sessions, one month apart;
  3. Phase three includes 1 session every 2 to 6 months.

Determine suitable procedure intervals according to the patient’s needs and the desired effect. Each session can last up to 30 minutes or longer, depending on the area being treated.

IS THIS PRODUCT SAFE?

Filorga NCTF 135 HA has been safely used in many cosmetic procedures over the years. It is a very popular treatment for those looking to hydrate and repair the skin, while giving a natural and healthy appearance.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

There are some minor side effects that may occur when using Filorga NCTF 135 HA; however, these mild reactions usually resolve themselves within 48 hours.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Mild Oedemas and Small Hematomas

Reports of more severe side effects are very rare. Be sure to discuss your patient’s medical history to determine if they might be at risk for any of the below adverse effects.

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Granuloma
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Necrosis
  • Abscess

WHAT IS IT MADE OF?

Hyaluronic acid helps to add volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronic acid can help restore moisture in the skin, while giving it a youthful glow. As well, over 50 active ingredients work to nourish the skin and replenish lost nutrients.

Filorga NCTF 135 HA is a hyaluronic acid-based filler, with the addition of several essential nutrients:

  • 12 vitamins, including vitamins A, B, C and E;
  • 23 amino acids;
  • 6 minerals, including calcium potassium, and magnesium;
  • 6 coenzymes;
  • 5 nucleic acids;
  • 2 reducing agents, including ascorbic acid.

This unique combination is an excellent way to provide all the nutrients needed in order to protect and repair your patient’s skin.

WHAT IS STYLAGE HYDROMAX?

Stylage HydroMax is a cosmetic implant used for biorevitalization to improve skin elasticity and hydration. Manufactured by Vivacy Laboratories, this incredible filler is made of 12.5mg/ml cross-linked hyaluronic acid with the added benefit of sorbitol.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Stylage HydroMax is an effective cosmetic solution for intensely dehydrated skin. Skin that has lost its suppleness and elasticity due to aging or external factors (e.g. poor diet, smoking, pollution, and extended exposure to sunlight) can be rejuvenated using this treatment. Some areas of the body that respond exceptionally well are the face, neck, neckline, and hands. This type of procedure is known as biorevitalization where natural substances (hyaluronic acid) help revitalize dull, dry skin.

HOW DOES THIS DERMAL FILLER WORK?

Injectable skin treatments have been studied and tested for many years, and hyaluronic acid was found to be one of the safest and mosteffective ingredients to use for skin hydration and rejuvenation. Vivacy Laboratories, a reputable French pharmaceutical company, specially designed Stylage HydroMax to restore skin hydration for a fresher, younger look. The hyaluronic acid is processed using patented IPN-LikeTechnology, which allows the gel to be effectively cross-linked. Furthermore, this technology also matches the density of the filler gel to the target tissues, giving the gel the ability to assimilate to the surrounding tissues. In addition to the viscoelastic and durable hyaluronic acid, sorbitol is also added for its moisturizing properties. Sorbitol is a type of sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables. Its addition to the Stylage HydroMax formula helps to fight toxic free radicals, as well as to retain moisture due to its hygroscopic nature. Sorbitol also prevents the gel from being degraded too quickly. So, you will enjoy supple and well-hydrated skin for a considerably longer period of time.

HOW LONG DOES THIS FACIA FILLER LAST?

The effects of Stylage HydroMax can be visible immediately, although the full result will be visible after the treatment area has fully healed. These effects can last between 2 to 4 months. Maintenance treatment sessions every 2 to 3 months can be done to preserve a youthful glow. It is not recommended to exceed 20ml per patient per year.

IS THIS PRODUCT SAFE?

Vivacy Laboratories ensures to take the step needed to ensure all of their fillers are safe and effective. Stylage HydroMax is sterilized using moist heat autoclaving. Furthermore, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar in the human body. As this hyaluronic acid dermal filler is not from animal origin, allergic reactions are extremely rare. Even still, Stylage HydroMax should not be used for:

  • Pregnant mothers and lactating women;
  • Children;
  • People a hypersensitivity to any of the filler’s components;
  • People with inflamed skin (e.g. herpes, rashes, acne);
  • People who recently had dermabrasions and peeling treatments.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Side effects most often reported by patients are usually injection-related inflammatory reactions.

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Redness
  • Edema or Erythema
  • Itching
  • Tenderness

After care methods (e.g. massaging the injected area and avoiding extreme temperatures) to reduce the severity of these effects. Certain medications (e.g. aspirin and warfarin) and supplements (e.g. garlic and fish oil) can actually cause an increased risk of blood clots and bleeding at the injection site. It is also best to avoid makeup for at least 12 hours after the procedure, and to apply sunscreen as needed. Discuss all possible reactions listed in the product manual prior to the procedure.

POSSIBLE ADVERSE EFFECTS:

  • Hematomas
  • Lack of Effectiveness
  • Necrosis

If these symptoms last for more than a week, your patients should seek medical care immediately.

WHAT IS IT MADE OF?

Stylage HydroMax consists of cross-linked hyaluronic acid and the moisturizing agent sorbitol. This gel is processed using patented IPN-LikeTechnology, which increases the duration and effectiveness of the results. This cosmetic filler gel also has a phosphate buffer of pH 7.2.

WHAT IS JUVEDERM HYDRATE?

Juvederm Hydrate is a sterile and transparent physiological solution made of non-animal, stabilised hyaluronic acid. It also includes mannitol, which helps to fight the effects of damaging free radicals. Manufactured by Allergan, this popular dermal filler is specifically designed to improve the skin’s elasticity and hydration via injection into the superficial dermis.

This facial filler is a clinically proven product, and has been found to replenish hyaluronic acid lost during the ageing process or due to environmental damages. Unlike other products in the Juvederm family, this injectable solution hydrates the face, rather than adding volume to it. With this, it gives the skin a very natural, radiant, and toned appearance.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR?

Juvederm Hydrate is specifically formulated to restore and improve ageing skin’s elasticity and hydration. This injectable solution is not a traditional filler, but instead works as a hydrating agent. It aids the skin’s ability to retain moisture, helping it to maintain a naturally healthy appearance.

Hydration is fundamental when it comes to maintaining healthful, strong skin. While moisturising creams only provide temporary moisture,this filler offers long-lasting, deep hydration, leaving the skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. The most common treatment areas for this filler include the face, hands, neck, and decolletage.

HOW DOES THIS DERMAL FILLER WORK?

As the skin ages, it starts to lose its hyaluronic acid content. As well, smoking, sun exposure, and other environmental factors can deplete hyaluronic acid levels. This loss is most visible in the areas that are most exposed to these issues, such as the face, hands, neck and decolletage. Skin moisture and hydration are fundamental in the maintenance of a fresh, youthful appearance.

Juvederm Hydrate directly delivers hyaluronic acid into the skin, reducing the age-related loss of moisture. This smooths out and firms the skin’s appearance, giving it an instantly refreshed look. Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based hydration products, this filler also contains mannitol, an antioxidant agent that can prevent the build up of potentially damaging free radicals. Free radicals can deplete naturally produced hyaluronic acid in the body, causing severe dehydration.

HOW LONG DOES THIS FACIA FILLER LAST?

The effects of Juvederm Hydrate usually last between 3 and 6 months, depending on the age and lifestyle of the patient. This is a shorter duration than that of other injectable treatments, due to the product’s superficial—rather than deep—injection into the dermis. Please note that the longevity of this product may be reduced by smoking or with sun exposure.

Results are noticeable almost immediately after the procedure, giving the skin a natural-looking boost of hydration.

IS THIS PRODUCT SAFE?

Juvederm Hydrate is safe for use in most patients, as it is based on hyaluronic acid, a component that naturally occurs in the body. That being said, some patients should not undergo treatment with this filler, including those with the following contraindications:

  1. Intolerance, sensitivity, or allergy to hyaluronic acid;
  2. Skin inflammation;
  3. Susceptibility to hypertrophic scarring;
  4. Pregnancy or breastfeeding;
  5. And taking certain medications, including—but not limited to—antibiotics and chemotherapy.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Mild side effects may occur with Juvederm Hydrate treatments, but they are usually very mild and resolve themselves in less than a week.

COMMON REACTIONS:

  • Temporary bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Redness

RARE SIDE EFFECTS:

  • Skin discolouration
  • Granulomas
  • Necrosis
  • Formation of abscesses

Severe side effects are very rare from treatment with Juvederm Hydrate. Patients should be advised to look out for any of these issues, and to seek medical attention if they persist.

WHAT IS IT MADE OF?

Juvederm Hydrate is made of non-animal, stabilised hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the human body, but its production is diminished over the years due to ageing and lifestyle factors. This cosmetic procedure works to replace the lost hyaluronic acid, leaving the skin hydrated and with a youthful glow.

This injectable solution is also crafted with mannitol, an antioxidant which works to, decrease redness after injection, maintain the gel’s structure, and reduce any swelling. Mannitol is found in a different vegetables and fruits, as it is a common product of fructose hydrogenation. Please note that patients with active cerebral haemorrhage, anuria, and congestive heart failure should not use fillers that contain mannitol.