Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt?
For dermal fillers I used anaesthetic cream to numb the skin beforehand. The fillers contain lidocaine, which also helps numb the area making the pain minimal.
For anti-wrinkle injections, there is slight discomfort at the injection site that should only last a few seconds.
Most people tolerate the procedure and are happy to have it done again
How long do the benefits last?
Dermal fillers results are seen instantly and generally last between 6-9 months
Anti-wrinkle results are seen at 2 weeks and usually last between 3-4 months
Are there any side effects?
The main side effects with aesthetic procedures is bruising and swelling.
Sometimes anti-wrinkle injections need a top up to work fully.
There is a small risk that filler can be injected into a blood vessel which is a rare but major complication. This is easily prevented by avoiding injecting into highly vascular areas, aspirating back and using a cannula which doesn't penetrate the blood vessels.
How much does it cost?
Cost will vary depending on the areas treated and amount of products used.
Please contact me for further information.
Can anyone have aesthetics treatment?
Yes, aesthetics is for men and women, old and young. Aesthetics is not just for big lips, it is about overall skin health and wellbeing. It is for anyone who wants to improve their facial features but also rejuvenate and maintain skin health.
There are some restrictions. Aesthetics is not suitable for people under the age of 18, in pregnant or breast-feeding women, and people with certain health conditions like body dysmorphic disorder.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure only takes a few minutes.
However, the initial consultation, assessment and personalised plan can take up to an hour depending on the complexity of your needs.
I am a strong advocate for the role of aesthetics within skin health and overall well-being. Skin health needs to be nourished and maintained. This is through a combination of healthy living, skin care products and aesthetic procedures. Sometimes people look for a quick-fix and that is not always the answer.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a medical degree and am a working NHS GP. I completed a foundation and advanced aesthetics training course with Derma Medical in 2016 and an aditional course with Top Aesthetic in 2019. They are both accredited courses.