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Questions and Answers
Semi-permanent Make-up Following Chemotherapy March 14 2017
Can you provide me with some advice on eyebrow tattooing? Not for the current trend of fake thick brows but because mine are sparse since chemo many years ago.
Semi-permanent makeup when done properly is a process which involves implanting tiny pigment particles into the skin. The ink we use is of the highest industry standards and using only the finest needles realistic hair strokes are created for a more natural result. Colour is matched to suit lifestyle needs, age, skin tone etc.. and we always pre draw the brows on before so you get an idea of how they will look. Semi-permanent makeup is suitable for most people but can make a real difference to cancer patients, alopecia or just general hair loss clients.
I am Interested in Cheek Fillers – How Can I Stay Safe? February 22 2017
I would like to have fillers in to restore volume loss in my cheeks but am really scared about serious risks such as hitting an artery or loosing skin, etc.
Please could you let me know how practitioners can avoid complications?
Dr Christine Or
Dr Christine Medical Aesthetics
Thank you for your question. Dermal fillers are great for replacing lost volume in the cheeks and creating a natural lift to rejuvenate the face. However there are risks associated with dermal filler treatments; these include bleeding bruising and swelling, and less commonly infection, abscess formation and lumpiness. If the dermal filler is inadvertently injected into a blood vessel then this can cause pain, skin damage and possible scarring. For this reason I would recommend Hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers which have a longstanding safety profile and would last approximately 18 months in the cheek area. HA is a sugar molecule that is naturally found in your skin and works by attracting water to help plump up the skin and is gradually broken down over time. You can read more about HA dermal fillers here.
A strong knowledge of facial anatomy and safe injection technique is essential, so it is important to do your research and select your practitioner carefully. You can use Save Face to find your nearest accredited practitioner. Always look for a practitioner who is a doctor, dentist or nurse who is a member of a professional body and has also been accredited by a government approved body such as Save Face. Check out the practitioner's website and meet your practitioner for a separate consultation before having any treatment done. Ask them how long they have been carrying out dermal filler treatments and how many procedures they have done. Ask to see photos of their work and testimonials from clients an whether they attend conferences to keep up to date and do they have regular masterclass training by the dermal filler manufacturers to ensure their injections techniques are safe. Download the Save Face Be Safe Checklist to take with you to your consultation.
Effective Treatment for Jowls July 1 2016
What treatment is available to tighten the area around the chin and improve the jowl area?
Dr Christine Or
Dr Christine Medical Aesthetics
Jowl formation is commonly caused by the overactive downward pull of muscles in the neck.
By placing multiple injections of Botox along the lower jawline as well as down the side of the neck along the platysma muscle it is possible to improve the definition of the jawline, re-balance the underlying muscles and provide ‘lifting’ in the neck and jaw area. This is known as the Nefertiti Lift (named after the Egyptian Queen who was known for her well-defined jawline).
Treatment usually lasts 3 to 4 months.Loss of definition at the jawline is also due to loss of volume in the face as we age, allowing sagging of the soft tissues. This volume loss can be effectively replaced using volumising dermal fillers higher up in the face to create a natural lift lasting on average 12 to 18 months. Often a combination of Botox and dermal filler treatments will give the best results. Other treatments available include thread-lifting, fat dissolving injections to target pockets of excess fatty tissue, and skin tightening treatments such as radiofrequency and ultrasound.
I hope you find this advice useful. Everyone's face is individual and the best treatment options for you will be determined following a full facial assessment and consultation.
Dr Christine Or
Red Pigments After Laser Treatment for Acne Scars July 6 2015
Recently I had a laser treatment carried out for acne scars around my back. They did seem to disappear over time. However, recently I have realised red pigments occurring around the areas. Is it possible due to exposure to sun? Or is it possible side effects of the treatment?
Would appreciate your input and any possible possible treatments available to me?
Many thanks for your e-mail. Firstly, need to establish whether IPL or laser?
With a laser it may well be were the skin is regenerating, depending when you had your treatment done of course? Have you been in the sun? If so this is contradictory to both laser and IPL and will hyper or hypo pigment newly treated skin. Also, it may be were the capillaries have been revealed as those areas regenerate.
Treatment options are
- No sun unless factor 50 applied I recommend heliocare range.
- You may require a peel or micro needling to your back which will help if you have any hyper pigmentation or more laser and IPL to help remove.
But firstly, get the nurse or doctor to check and confirm diagnosis, if you would like to visit a Save Face accredited clinic in your area, please visit www.saveface.co.uk/search.
In conclusion treatment with laser or IPL will never give 100% results but, hopefully, a significant improvement.
Possible PDO Complication? June 22 2015
I recently had PDO thread lift in my checks and jaw line. 4 weeks after the procedure I noticed approx 3 two inch thread like things in my Poo, my first thought was the threads have migrated to my colon, is this possible. I had a colonoscopy 3 months ago which was clear, so it’s not something like threadworm etc. I have been trying to find out if it is at all possible it could be the threads, can not imagine how they could move that far.
PDO thread lift to face approx 5 weeks ago.
Dr Victoria Manning
River Aesthetics Lymington
You are quite right it is virtually an impossibility for threads to migrate from the dermal layer of the skin in the face/jaw line into the colon. Threads can migrate out of the dermal layer and become visible in the skin, but in my experience they can’t enter the gut, The only way they could enter the colon would be if they were swallowed and Im sure you would know if you had done this.
Although you had a 'normal' colonoscopy 3 months ago it may be worth sending a stool sample to your GP for parasites.
I would also advise you seeing your practtioner who carried out your PDO treatment for a review to ensure that all is well with the procedure. All reputable clinics should offer a 1week, 1month and 3 month review after a PDO procedure.
Save Face Accredited Practitioner
How to treat pigmentation after melanoma May 6 2015
I am caucasian, very fair and blue eyed and have lots of moles. I am female and 47 year’s old.
I was diagnosed with melanoma 0.8 mm Breslow and Clark’s level 3 (so in the dermis) in 2009. I had the proper treatment and all is well now. As I grew up in the tropics at a time no one knew very much about the dangers of exposing a child to sunburn, I was tanned or sun burned a lot until I was a teenager so as a consequence I know have very old looking hands full of lentiginous pigmentation. My question is: Can a person who already was diagnosed with melanoma undergo IPL treatment for liver spots in the hand and collagen boosting face treatment or is that out of the question?
Thank you for enquiry regarding your concerns re pigmentation to hands and possible treatment for facial areas.
Firstly a face to face consultation to assess your pigmentation would be best to discuss options however I would recommend as your melanoma has been fully treated to consider Dermal Pen (Needling)treatment which is more natural and may reduce any risk of reoccurrence which may be slightly better than IPL.
By adding in a mesotherapy treatment at the same time would help to stimulate your own natural skin defences and plump up the area. By using hyaluronic acid (we have in our skin cells ) does tend to stimulate our own so creating more hydration and fullness with face and hands,.
To reduce the pigmentation on the hands if not improved enough could have some peels after the dermal needling to reduce the liver spots depending upon their depth .It is Important as I am sure you are aware to apply SPF50 on face and hands daily and will need to reapply particularly on your hands when you go outdoors.
Hope this helps
How to get rid of scars left after eyebrow and nose piercing? May 6 2015
DEAR SAVE FACE
I HAD MY NOSE AND EYES PIERCED A LONG TIME AGO AND JUST HAVE THIS SCARING WHICH HAD BEEN BOTHERING ME FOR YEARRS , CAN ANYONE HELP
Many thanks for your enquiry.
On removal of a “piercing” scar formation is a natural process that will occur. Most scars on removal of a nose or eye piercing are typically seen as small indentations. However, the method of how the original skin piercing was performed can impact on the scar, the gun method of piercing the skin tends to create a larger scar than a needle. How the body healed after the piercing can also influence scar formation when the piercing is removed. If infection developed during the weeks post procedure then the risk of a more noticeable scar is higher. There is also the possibility of “keloid” scarring, an overgrowth of tissue that leaves you with a lumpy unsightly scar. It would be helpful for a practitioner to examine the scars to be able to give an accurate diagnosis and advise on an appropriate treatment plan. There are several treatment options that you may wish to consider that range from Microdermabrasion, medical needling to laser treatment. I would suggest that you have your scars examined by a save face accredited practitioner.
Non-surgical Eye Bag Removal April 21 2015
Dear Save Face
My eye lids have become crepe in appearance and I’ve started to get bags under the eyes, will derma fillers help to correct this….Ideally I’m looking for a non surgical procedure.
Advanced Skin Lounge
There are a number of non surgical treatments which may be helpful; the crepiness of the skin and the bags are two separate problems which may need to be addressed in different ways, treatments to improve skin laxity and quality from topical creams to collagen stimulating treatments such as platelet rich plasma, medical needling, mesotherapy, chemical peels and fractionated laser (not a comprehensive list). You will need to weigh each option up based on which best meets your expectations. For the bags, the sometimes, the appearance can be improved with dermal fillers, either in the cheeks, or what’s known as the ‘tear trough’. However, surgery is a good option which should not be completely disregarded, and for some, is the best option entirely.
If you would like arrange a no obligation consultation with one of our accredited practitioners, lease use our search engine which can be found at www.saveface.co.uk Be sure to mention Save Face when making your appointment.
I hope that you find this advice useful however if you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Am I Suitable for a Non-Surgical Nose Job March 17 2015
DEAR SIR OR MADAM,
I AM A FORTY-NINE YEAR OLD MAN FROM CARMARTHEN IN SOUTH-WEST WALES AND FOR SOME TIME I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT GETTING A NON-SURGICAL NOSE JOB TO RAISE THE RIDGE OF MY NOSE HIGHER BUT STILL KEEPING IT STRAIGHT. WHERE WOULD BE THE NEAREST PRACTITIONER WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO TO THIS FOR ME AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST?
I HAVE HAD A NOSE OPERATION EIGHT YEARS AGO USING CONVENTIONAL COSMETIC SURGERY.IT WAS TO STRAIGHTEN A SLIGHT HUMP IN MY NOSE.IT WAS RATHER AQUILINE IN APPEARANCE AND I WAS NOT FOND OF IT. IF I AM TO GET A NON-SURGICAL NOSE JOB MIGHT IT CAUSE ANY KIND OF COMPLICATION BECAUSE OF THE PREVIOUS OPERATION I HAD?
Thank you for your question, non-surgical nose jobs are performed with dermal fillers and can deliver really effective, instant results which can last 12 months or more.
The fact that you have had a rhinoplasty does mean the practitioner needs to be cautious and you should seek one with experience with this treatment. In the right hands, this is a safe treatment, with minimal 'down time', you may have bruising which can take a couple of weeks to fade and swelling which usually settles within a few days. More serious complications are extremely rare, but these should be explained as part of your consultation.
Costs will vary according to the product used and the experience of the practitioner but expect to pay around £400.
We have free and impartial information fact sheets about dermal fillers which you can download from our website. You will also be able to locate an accredited practitioner or clinic in your area by using our clinic finder.
I do hope this information has been useful, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
What can I do to get rid of a loose pouch under my chin? March 2 2015
How can you treat a pouch under the chin mainly loose skin I think.
Many thanks for your e-mail.
In order to determine how non-surgical treatments can improve your chin you will need to attend a clinic for an assessment and discuss treatment options appropriate for you. You can find a clinic in your area via our practitioner finder at www.saveface.co.uk Most of our practitioners offer free consultations, where you will be able to discuss treatment options in detail.
It may be that dermal fillers to support and define the jaw line will lift the ‘pouch’, there are also ultra sound and radio frequency treatments that tighten muscle and skin, botulinum toxin injections can relax the muscles that pull down the neck; sometimes a combination of treatments will be recommended to achieve the best results and sometimes the results achieved non surgically cannot meet the expectations of the client and a surgical consultation is most appropriate
You can access free and impartial treatment information via our website which can be found here.
We hope that this information has been helpful, however, please get back in touch if you need any further information.