Beautoxology

Experts in skin rejuvination

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are unable to find the answer to your question, please feel free to ring our customer helpline on 0800 077 6165. One of our medical aesthetics advisors will be more than happy to have an informal chat and discuss any concerns with you.

Relaxing lines and smoothing wrinkles and folds.

What is Botulinum Toxin?

Botox contains a highly purified protein a derivative of the toxin Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Which when injected into a muscle causes it to become weakened or inactivated. It stops the muscle from functioning by blocking neuromuscular transmission i.e. stops the chemical messages from the nerve to the muscle.

How does it work?

By using our facial muscles repeatedly throughout our lifetime the skin becomes creased in areas of greatest use. The aging process causes the production of collagen and elastin production in the skin to slow down over time, so that as we get older these areas of overuse become damaged and the lines become permanent. By reducing the movement of muscles in these areas the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover causing the lines to soften or even fade away. In the treated areas the muscles are temporarily inactivated (always reversible) during which time many patients learn to break the subconscious habit of overusing these muscles.

Depending on each individual and the dose used the response to treatment can vary from relaxation of the muscle to an inability to move the muscles. For the first couple of years frequent treatments are required to re-educate the facial muscles. There after the process will be less frequent, until quite often a yearly maintenance treatment is all that is required.

Botox® Treatment has been used in patients to manage various conditions for over a decade in the UK and longer in other parts of the world.

A recent analysis of Botox® studies has followed over 2000 patients for on average of 12 years of treatment & has concluded that Botox® has a favorable safety & tolerable profile.

How long has this treatment been used for?

As long ago as the 1970s Botox was used as a treatment for patients with eye squints by weakening the overactive eye muscle. It is FDA approved and licensed for cosmetic use in 13 different countries. Since then it has been used in a variety of therapeutic areas such as excessive sweating, spasmodic neck, writer’s cramp, tics, Multiple Sclerosis, facial spasm, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy, to name but a few. In more recent years the use of Botox for cosmetic therapy has become wide spread.

How safe is Botox?

As like many drugs used in medicine Botox is not licensed for cosmetic use, except for in the treatment of the frown lines between the eyebrows. However although in high concentrations botulinum toxin is a potent poison, there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that used in minute doses and in its isolated form (botulinum toxin A), as it is in cosmetic therapy, there is a very high margin of safety.

What happens during treatment?

You may be asked to use certain muscles so that the practitioner can assess how these work. An extremely fine, and short needle is used to inject the Botox into the appropriate area, which may cause slight but brief discomfort that usually resolves within an hour or two. The treatment usually starts to take effect between 4-14 days post treatment, but this varies slightly between individuals. The effect will usually last between 3-4 months, when you may then start to notice an ability to move the muscles more freely.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare. Occasionally a temporary drooping of the eyelid can occur (incidence 1 in 2,000. This may last for a few weeks but this will always resolve. Special eye drops can be prescribed during this time to help lift the lid back to its normal position. In extremely rare cases patients have developed an allergy to the treatment, while others have shown resistance i.e. it causes little or no effect on the treated muscles. There may also be an area of slight bruising at the injection site. A small percentage of patients experience a slight restricted feeling in the area a few days post treatment.

Fillers

What are fillers?

Fillers are a bio-gradable gel like substance that is injected under the skin to smooth out both fine and deeper lines. There are different kinds of fillers, which following a thorough facial assessment your medical aesthetics practitioner will advise you of accordingly. Fillers can be used to remedy all sorts of aesthetic problems, but in the facial area they are predominantly used to soften or resolve nasolabial lines (those from the bottom corner of the nose to the outer corner of the lip), marionette lines (those that cause drooping at the corners of the mouth as we get older), to enhance the shape of the lips, create more fullness and lift drooping lip corners. They are also used to treat the small bleed lines around the mouth that occur with age, shape and contour the face where there is loss of volume, treat deep frown lines or crow’s feet and uplift cheeks and augment chins. Fillers are also used successfully to treat indentation of the skin caused by scaring.

How safe are fillers?

At Beautoxology we only use well researched biodegradable products, which are naturally reabsorbed by the body over a 4-8 month period. Therefore side effects are minuscule and short lived. The patient may experience slight bruising and temporary swelling and discomfort at the injection site, lasting a few days.

When injected into the lips is there a risk of ‘trout pouch’?

There are products that do carry risks when administered into the lips and can look very obvious. Many people are often put off by the bad press this has generated, but at Beautoxology we do not recommend or administer these products. We only use bio-degradable products that are specifically designed for the lips (Restylane lip & Teosyal kiss). We listen very carefully to our clients so that we can help them achieve the results they are looking for.

Skin rejuvenation

What is micro-dermal abrasion?

A non-invasive cosmetic procedure, whereby a jet of microcrystals are used to remove dead and damaged superficial cells by light abrasion. The administering practitioner uses a vacuumed like hand piece which can be adjusted according to the needs of the individual client. It can be used to combat the early signs of aging and sun damage and for those suffering with dull and lifeless skin, or blocked or open pores.

Are there any side effects?

There are little, if no side effects and no recovery time .

What are chemical skin peels and how do they benefit the skin?

Chemical skin peels are used to treat pitting and scarring of the skin caused by acne, and to treat the effects of sun damage, which can cause uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Clients are usually issued with facial creams that they can apply at home a couple of weeks before treatment, as this maximises results. Skin peels can benefit the patient by removing superficial damaged skin and by encouraging the growth of new healthy tissue that resurfaces the skin. The type of chemical peel needed will be discussed with you following a full skin assessment.

How many chemical skin peel treatments are needed?

This depends on how damaged the skin is, but in more severe cases, two or three peels may be required over a 12 to 18 month period.

Can I go in the sun after treatment?

The sun is highly damaging and the cause of why many of our clients come to us in the first place. Following this treatment it is essential that you wear SF50 when going outside, as the skin is particularly vulnerable to the elements, especially the sun. We would therefore recommend that you postpone treatment if you are going on a holiday where the climate is hot and sunny. At Beautoxology we recommend that everyone wears daily sun protection (at least SF30), as this is highly effective in preventing premature aging and skin cancer.

Are there any side effects from chemical skin peels?

Chemical skin peels can be uncomfortable. We generally do not recommend this treatment to Black or Asian clients, as conversely this treatment can cause pigmentation in those with darker skin types.

How do hyaluronic acid injections work?

Restylane vital is a pure form of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in our skin that has an affinity for water, and thus a vital role in keeping the skin hydrated. As we age this substance naturally decreases, causing lack of volume and drier and thinner looking skin.

This treatment involves injecting small amounts of this substance under the skin to boost the natural hydration system and to plump the skin in a way that creams and other moisturisers simply cannot. It is typically used to treat areas that have taken on a rough dehydrated and crepey appearance caused from over exposure of the sun, such as the face, hands and décolletage area. It is used to restore smoothness, elasticity and a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Visit www.restylane.co.uk for more information.

Sclerotherapy

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the procedure used to treat varicose or spider veins, which often present themselves on the surface of the skin. They can occur on the face and legs and can often be unsightly and embarrassing. The treatment involves injecting a solution called scleroscant via a very fine needle, directly into the blood vessel. This displaces the blood in the vein and causes blanching and whitening of the red/purple vessel. These vessels then become irritated and close shut causing the thread vein to fade or disappear completely.

Will I need further treatments?

An experienced practitioner will make a full medical assessment prior to the treatment, and will advise you accordingly as to the type of treatment and the number needed to rectify the problem. Some patients receive amazing results after just one treatment; whilst others may need to have the area injected a number of times to achieve the same results.

Are there any side effects to this treatment?

Even when an experienced practitioner is performing the treatment there are a number of possible side effects. These include localised swelling, tenderness, bruising, and various skin markings. Very occasionally there can be darkening of the skin which can take up to twelve months to resolve. Otherwise most side effects are relatively minor. As with any treatments offered at Beautoxology, all the possible side effects are explained fully prior to therapy.

Macrolane ™

Is the treatment painful?

Most patients describe the procedure as uncomfortable rather than painful, but this is extremely short lived.

What studies have been done with Macrolane TM gels?

The safety and effectiveness of NASHA TM gels as in Macrolane have been establishes in clinical studies. In addition, one study to investigate the use of Macrolane on body depressions demonstrated safety and effectiveness. No serious side effects or reactions were encountered. A new study is currently under way to further investigate applications and provide insights into injection techniques, as are studies to investigate the use of Macrolane in the female breast.

Is Macrolane an approved product?

Yes. Macrolane has received approval for CE marking in the European Union (EU) and therefore fulfils the relevant requirements for medical device products sold in Europe.

How is the Macrolane TM range different from the Restylane TM range?

The products of the Restylane and Macrolane ranges are NASHA TM gels with different consistencies reflecting their different intended uses. Restylane gels are designed for use in the face and for smaller, more superficial treatments. Macrolane is a thicker gel designed for use in the body where larger areas of volume restoration are desired.

How does Macrolane compare to fat injection?

Your own fat can be transplanted from one part of your body to another to add volume. This involves one surgical procedure to remove the fat and a second procedure to inject it. The benefit is that your own fat will not be rejected by your body’s immune system. Since Macrolane is based on a substance similar to one that occurs naturally in your body, it is also biocompatible. The advantage of treatment with Macrolane is that fat does not need to be extracted from your body. This is particularly significant if you do not have enough excess fat to transplant.

How does Macrolane TM compare to synthetic fillers on the market?

Synthetic materials based on polymers other than hyaluronic acid can also be injected to add volume. Synthetic materials cannot be absorbed by the body and are difficult to remove once injected. Since the body biodegrades the main ingredient found in Macrolane, there have been no reports of rejection or allergic reactions. Likewise, Macrolane can be gradually biodegraded through existing natural processes in the body.

How long is the effect meant to last?

The effect of Macrolane is not permanent. The gel injected during treatment will gradually be biodegraded by the body over time. Results are intended to last for at least a year.