Two treatments sessions are usually recommended initially, with a 4 week interval in between. Top ups and maintenance treatments can then be prescribed by Dr Patel according to your body’s response to treatment. Although for the neck, the second visit after one month may not be needed in mild to moderate ageing.
With the technique used for this product, firm massage is not advised after placement of the product under the skin. It is better to allow the product to spread naturally, so it is usual for patients to leave with small pea-sized lumps for some hours after treatment. Often, this will be only be the case at some sites. By the next day, the skin appearance is usually back to normal. There is naturally a small risk of bruising which is usually minimal and can be covered with concealer.
Maintenance treatment is carried out twice a year. However, this does not mean that after 6 months, the skin goes back to it’s pre-treatment state. The product ie hyaluronic acid will have near enough gone but much of the new collagen and elastin will still be present as this depletes a lot slower. Nonetheless, to maintain active skin remodelling, biannual visits are recommended.
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.
We advise you to avoid 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.
Hyaluronic acid can be completely dissolved.