Dermal fillers are excellent for superficial to deep lines and volume loss; the results are instant and truly impressive. One treatment can take many years off your face. You can also add subtle shape and volume to your lips using fillers. More advanced assessment and techniques can also allow for nose and chin correction and other adjustments to facial structure and features. There are many different fillers on the market but Dr Patel uses only NON-permanent fillers and only the most reputable and trusted brands e.g. Radiesse Plus®. Treatments are generally quite comfortable and very well tolerated by clients.
A liquid facelift involves using patented highly volumising fillers eg Juvederm® VycrossTM range and Radiesse Plus®, to give the face an overall lift. Sometimes, this can be supplemented with muscle relaxing injections e.g. Botox®. This aims to beautify the female face and restore a more youthful shape. The male face can also gain more definition and structure. If necessary, the angle of the jaw and chin can be masculinised.
Yes! We only use reputable brands – such as the FDA-approved Belotero® range – which have been used on millions of people over many years. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers are based on a natural ingredient of human skin and although relatively long-lasting, are not permanent. It is permanent (and some semi-permanent) fillers derived from animals, that have been associated with some adverse reactions, including in a British TV celebrity many years ago. Too much filler or the wrong type in the wrong place, can also give an unwanted appearance but your clinician will fully discuss your desired look with you, so that an appropriate volume and type of filler is used to achieve the right outcome for you.
A thorough face-to-face consultation is essential to allow a mutually agreed personalised treatment plan to be made. Only then can you make a sensible decision of how to proceed. We understand that budget is an important consideration for most clients and the treatment plan can be adjusted accordingly.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and add volume to our skin. Natural hyaluronic acid is broken down by the body in one or two days so is constantly replaced—as we age this replacement mechanism diminishes so the moisturising and plumping effects of hyaluronic acid decrease. Hyaluronic acid is used for aesthetic treatments but is also used by doctors for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement, as well as eye surgery.
The injection process takes only 20-60 minutes. You will also need to allow time to discuss what you are hoping to achieve with Dr Patel, before treatment. Except for lip treatments, you must have already had a consultation on another day, prior to treatment.
The smooth consistency of the fillers we use will allow your clinician to administer the product easily and smoothly. It also contains local anaesthetic to reduce injection pain for a more comfortable experience. Local anaesthetic cream may also be offered for you to use prior to treatment to numb the skin. We can also offer an injectable nerve block for complete anaesthesia, if required.
Yes, the aesthetic results are immediate. You’ll see the results as soon as your appointment is over—and no one else needs to know! However, please note that with volume replacement, the maximal effect takes up to 6 weeks to be achieved. With some of the more advanced fillers, collagen production will also be stimulated; thus your new natural collagen will be around long after the filler has been broken down. Every customised treatment plan is different and so specific advice with regards to outcome, downtime and duration of effect, will be discussed at consultation.
Not at all. We will do our best to give you a time best suited to you; evening appointments are also available. You can have an appointment in your lunch hour then get right back to your normal routine. Some redness and swelling can occur but this is often site dependant. The most likely area to have swelling is the lips.
Following injection, you may experience slight redness, swelling or bruising at the injected area. Your medical practitioner will advise on this. Please be assured that these side effects should not last and, after waiting 12 hours following treatment, can be easily covered up with your usual makeup. However, do not hesitate to get in touch with us if in the unlikely event these reactions last longer than a week, or if you experience other side effects. All skin injection procedures carry a small risk of infection. This topic will be discussed more fully during your consultation.
This depends on a number of factors including:
The area you have had treated
Quantity of filler injected
Type of filler used
Quality of skin
In general, the HA fillers we use are expected to last around 12 months although we often see clients with ongoing visible benefits long after this period. The more advanced Belotero Volume is expected to last 12-18 months. Radiesse Plus also lasts around 18 months but its skin benefits last at least 3-5 years! Fillers in the lips generally last for less time as the richer blood supply to this area ensures the product is broken down quicker; around 6 months.
We do NOT use any permanent fillers at our clinic. the two main types used are hyaluronic acid fillers (primarily Belotero range) and Radiesse Plus (calcium hydroxyapetite). We use (Teoxane) Redensity II for the tear trough area as this is widely considered the best filler to use in this area.
Radiesse Plus is injectable dermal filler that works by providing an immediate enchantment to augment facial shape by correcting the folds and wrinkles. Furthermore, over time Radiesse begins to simulate the production of the body’s natural collagen and elastin for sustained effect. Radiesse Plus is for advanced practitioner use only and all our doctors use this on a daily basis. Dr Patel is a huge fan of this product: “Radiesse Plus is like my magic wand. The immediate lifting and restoration of projection is astounding. To then have improvements in skin health over the coming months is an amazing bonus! My patients love it. I love it. I would say it is the best value-for-money filler around. Some of my patients just pop in every 18 months and need a little top-up of Radiesse.”
The original Radiesse first gained FDA (the America regulatory authority) approval in 2006! It is the most researched brand of filler in the world with an excellent safety record. Radiesse Plus is the new version which is premixed with local anaesthetic. This achieved CE certification in 2016. The CE certification is the European Union standard for the product safety. It was also approved by the FDA in 2015.
Your aesthetic practitioner will explain the treatment options available and discuss with you the best one for you. Typically one treatment session takes approximately 35-45 minutes; the effect will be visible immediately after the injection but you will be given a clearer idea of what to expect during your consultation. Your comfort is everything to us and we employ a number of strategies to make the treatment very tolerable to our patients as evidence by their feedback. Some patients wish to bring someone in with them for moral support. They are more than welcome to sit in for part of the consultation but during the actual treatment, they would need to sit in the waiting room. This is based on our experience of some observers actually fainting or saying or doing things that cause anxiety rather than calm the patient. We promise to take excellent care of you and you will quickly feel at ease on the couch.
Please inform your aesthetic practitioner before treatment if you are taking medication, even if it’s not a prescription medication. Taking anticoagulants and painkillers including aspirin and some vitamin supplements can lead to unwanted bruising. Your aesthetic practitioner will advise you accordingly.
You may experience some reaction to the injections. These side effects are usually mild and related to the procedure. Most are short term and disappear within a few weeks. If any other side effect appear o you feel unwell, please consult you practitioner or your healthcare professional as soon as possible.
How long the effect of Radiesse treatment does last is dependent on the individual. There are many factors to consider, such as the structure of the skin, your lifestyle and age. Studies show that in nasolabial fold treatments (the lines that run from the corner of the mouth), for example, results can last up to 12 months. We regularly see patients even 18 months on; still showing noticeable improvement from their pre-treatment photograph. In fact, the skin benefits ie collagen and elastin production, will out last the actual life of the filler by up to 4 years. To put that another way, even 5 years after just one Radiesse treatment, skin health has been shown to be better than pre-treatment!
For a holistic treatment of individual folds and selected areas of the face, your aesthetics practitioner may advise combing Radiesse with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers or other aesthetic treatments. Please consult you aesthetics practitioner.
We advise you to avoid using Alcohol, aspirin, Ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and a range of dietary supplements including; St. Johns Wort, fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E- may all contribute to bruising and are best avoided 24 hours before treatment (unless they are taken for chronic medical conditions).
All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, so please come ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Treatment cannot be administered if there is an active skin infection, including cold sores etc. Do contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
Ask your medical practitioner if you have any concerns.