SkinViva provide consultations free of charge for all clients before every treatment. This is an essential review and assessment of your concerns so that the clinician can recommend the most suitable treatment, if they deem that treatment is appropriate. They'll provide you with all the essential information on the treatment including costs, benefits, potential risks and recovery - so that you're fully informed to make the right decision for you.
There's no obligation at all to proceed, so it's a great opportunity to find out more.
Generally speaking, the lower-half of the face. As well as plumping up lips, dermal fillers correct ever-present lines and lost volume around the forehead, cheeks and upper lip. They also add volume to thinning or crepey skin across hands and the upper body.
Skin is made up of three vital layers: the hypodermis, the dermis and the epidermis. The hypodermis, the deepest level of skin, consists of fatty tissue, which cushions the layers above it.
Immediately on top of that is the dermis, which contains collagen and elastin – two key attributes to a youthful appearance. Constantly renewed in the young, production of these slow dramatically with age.
The epidermis, or top layer, is the home of crucial cell renewal. In young skin, cells are replaced every 15-30 days, but this slows to every 60 days in later adulthood.
Dermal filler replaces lost volume and treats static facial lines by replenishing the natural hyaluronic acid content of the skin.
Lip filler procedures are about restoring volume, addressing the balance and symmetry, and enhancing the soft of the lips. In contrast treating the upper lip lines is about softening the lines and wrinkles that have formed around the lips.
No. The dermal fillers we use take on the characteristics of the body’s own tissue so the product itself won’t be noticeable.
There is no recovery time with dermal fillers, so you can immediately resume normal daily activities. Avoid excessive alcohol, exercise or sun for the first 24 hours.
No. Your appearance will simply return to how it was before you began dermal filler treatment.
Most possible side effects are related to the action of injecting the skin, not the product itself. These include: redness, minor swelling, itching, tenderness around injection site and potential lumps in the treated area. These can be reduced by massage.
If you are prone to cold sores, there is a small chance that one will occur following a lip enhancement. In very rare instances (1 in 15,000) blood supply from the smallest vessels can be disrupted causing scab formation and, in some cases, scarring.
When BOTOX® is injected into a muscle it activates a process called selective muscle denervation.
This is when the neuromuscular junction – where the nerve and muscle meet – has its receptors blocked from acetylcholine: the chemical which forces the muscle to contract.
Therefore, even though the nerve continues to send a signal which requests movement, the tissue does not receive the instruction and the muscle remains still.
Over 3-5 months, the muscle gradually grows new receptors and is able to contract again.
BOTOX® is most effective in the correction of lines which are formed from muscle contractions alone. Because the underlying muscle doesn’t move, the skin above it no longer creases.
Thus, the effects of BOTOX® are most noticeable in frown and laughter lines.
BOTOX® does not remove wrinkles which are permanently engraved in the skin, regardless of muscle movement, although it may soften them.
Mostly, the top half of face where wrinkles are deepened by smiling and frowning. However, BOTOX® can also be used to correct crow’s feet, forehead lines, vertical neck bands, grooves above the upper lip and gummy smiles.
Initial effects appear within 2-5 days and continue to improve for two weeks, when they then reach optimal appearance.
With SkinViva, we contact you one week after your BOTOX® treatment to determine if you require a free top-up injection. If necessary, this is administered around 14 days after the original treatment.
Usually 3-4 months. In some cases, 6 months.
No. SkinViva uses the smallest needles on the market, so few customers experience even mild discomfort. Likewise, unlike some other operators, our Clinicians are trained to use a high turnover of needles per client, so bruising is minimised.
If you prefer, ice or local anaesthetic cream can be applied to minimise sensation.
As BOTOX® has no recovery time, there is little aftercare required. Immediately following treatment, you can enhance its effects by gently moving the treated area with mild facial exercises.
For the first 2 hours after treatment, it’s important not to rub the affected areas. For the succeeding 24 hours, don’t engage in any vigorous exercise, drink alcohol or experience prolonged sun exposure – whether natural or artificial.
BOTOX® is broken down by the body during the first 48 hours of treatment, so does not accumulate in your system. Improved effects are visible with multiple treatments because the muscle is already relaxed from the previous session so your skin is creasing less and the wrinkles are not being reinforced.