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Skin FAQ

Everything you need to know about our facial aesthetics treatments in Suffolk.

Where do we provide the treatment?
All of our facial aesthetic treatments are available at our sister practice in Suffolk. Visit the Smile Suffolk-Ipswich website to book a treatment.

What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a purified natural protein chemically derived from bacteria that can be injected into a muscle to cause temporary muscular relaxation or paralysis. This is a popular treatment option because Botox can reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 80%. The injections are quick and easy to administer, require no downtime and are widely tolerated by the majority of patients.

Is Botox safe?
Like all other prescription medicines, if administered by an experienced professional, Botulinum Toxin is a very safe drug, with minimal side-effects and complications.

How does it work?
Botox works by binding to the junction between the nerve and the muscle at the location where it is injected to stop the signal being transmitted and temporarily relax the muscle. The effects are fully reversible and typically last for three to four months.

Does Botox work immediately?
Your treatment will take between three and fourteen days to take full effect.

How often can I have my Botox treatments repeated?
We advise you to wait a minimum of three months between repeat treatments, ensuring that the previous treatment has worn off.

Will I look permanently shocked or expressionless after my treatment?
No. We are able to administer Botox so that Dr. Senthil can target specific facial muscles. We aim for a result that is noticeable for all the right reasons. Your face will look natural and expressive, while fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother. We are careful to ensure that patients are never over-treated.

What does the treatment involve?
After a comprehensive consultation process, during which we will decide which areas to target, Dr.
Senthil will apply a numbing cream to your skin and mark the sites to be injected. After cleaning the area, we administer the Botox.

What are dermal fillers?
Most dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. As we grow older, our bodies produce less hyaluronic acid, which can leave our skin looking less hydrated. Dermal filliers are injected into the skin to restore volume and increase definition.

What happens during the treatment?
We may use numbing cream or a local anaesthetic, depending on the area to be treated, after which Dr Senthil will place the dermal filler into the middle layer of your skin in small increments.

How long does the treatment take?
Treatment typically takes between twenty and thirty minutes, but this may vary depending on which area we are treating.

How quickly will I notice an effect?
The change in volume is immediately noticeable. However, it is common for the treated area to be a little bit red, swollen or even slightly bruised for a couple of hours after your treatment. You should continue to see improvements in your facial definition and skin for sometime afterwards.

How long do the effects of dermal fillers usually last?
The effects may last for between four to eighteen months but will vary from one individual to another. Factors such as which area you had treated, your diet, age and lifestyle will have an impact.

What are the possible side effects of Botox injections and dermal fillers?
After Botox injections, it is common to have small raised bumps of skin or bruising at the injection site. These problems should resolve quickly. You may also experience a mild headache, which can be treated using over-the-counter painkillers. Dermal fillers may result in common side effects such as redness, bruising, swelling and mild lumpiness, which should resolve within a few hours (bruising may last for a couple of days). Complications are extremely rare.

What are the long-term complications of these facial aesthetic treatments?
Both Botox and the dermal filler injections we use have a long-standing safety record and complications are rare.

Prior to treatment, you will attend a skin consultation, during which we will explain and potential side effects and complications of your chosen treatment as a precautionary measure.

Can anyone have Botox or dermal filler injections?
Botox or dermal filler injections may not be suitable for everyone. During your skin consultation, we will look at any medications you might be taking as well as your medical history and advise you accordingly. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot have wrinkle injection treatment.