Muscle relaxant Injections- Pre and post care information
- Avoid vitamin supplements for 7 days prior.
- Do not take Aspirin or nurofen for 2 days prior to treatment or any other blood thinning medications. Paracetamol is fine.
- Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Please advise your Cosmetic Nurse if you have a history of Perioral Herpes - you may need antiviral therapy before starting treatment.
- Your Cosmetic Nurse will take you through a thorough consultation prior to treatment.
- We will confirm your appointment 2 days prior by email or text.
- No massaging, rubbing, facial treatments or lying face down for 4 hours after treatment.
- Gentle exercise only, no strenuous exercise on the day of treatment.
- It is not uncommon to have bruises in the areas treated. It will take up to two weeks for you to experience the full effect of the treatment. Remain patient. It takes time for the muscles to lose strength and the lines to fade.
- Any tiny bumps or marks will go away within a few hours. If you need to apply mineral make-up within 4 hours after your treatment, only use a GENTLE touch to avoid rubbing the treated area.
- Muscle relaxant injections are a cosmetic procedure and you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3 to 4 months.
- We will see you 2 weeks after for a follow up appointment to check the results of your treatment and will provide a courtesy recall when you are due for your next treatment which is around 3 months' time.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call us.
Dermal Fillers - Pre and Post care information
2 Weeks before treatment:
- Stop taking all blood thinning supplements and medications. Some of these may include St. John's Wort, Fish Oil/Omega 3, Flax Seed Oil, and Vitamin E. These supplements may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
- Please advise us if you have a history of cold sores PRIOR to treatment. Treatment can not be done if you have an active cold sore or skin infection in the area as it may be reactivated by treatments such as lip injections. We can advise preventative treatment.
2 Days before treatment:
- Stop taking aspirin, disprin and any anti-inflammatory medications as these will increase the chance of bruising and swelling.
- Bruising can occur in some patients and can last 5-14 days so please plan your events accordingly.
- It is normal for the area treated to feel tender, swollen and red for 24-48 hours post treatment.
- Applying a cold pack immediately after will help reduce swelling. Swelling usually dissipates within 48 hours. If your lips were treated, swelling can last up to a week.
- It may appear as though the area looks uneven after treatment. This is due to the initial swelling and bruising and will settle as the area heals.
- You can continue using a cold pack at home 5 minutes every hour for up to 6 hours.
- Hirudoid cream may help to reduce bruising and swelling.
- Minimise alcohol, strenuous exercise, caffeine, blood thinning medication and vitamin supplements for 24 hours. These may increase bruising and swelling.
- You can gently apply mineral makeup using a sanitised brush where required.
- Please contact us should you have any queries or questions following your treatment.
- You will have a follow up appointment in 2 weeks' time.
REGEN PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment
What is PRP?
PRP is blood plasma containing a high concentration of platelets known as thrombocytes. PRP can help reduce the signs of skin ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture, elasticity and tone, whilst rebuilding collagen and regenerating damaged skin with faster healing times.
PRP is an approved system that has been used successfully worldwide since 2008.
What does the treatment involve?
This is an easy and quick process: Blood is collected from you in 1-2 specially designed tubes which are then centrifuged for 5-10 minutes. During centrifugation, a patented gel within the tubes isolates PRP from other un required cells within the blood - It is now ready for use. This can be by deeper injections using a type of blunt needle called a cannula or as many small superficial injections. It can also be used topically in combination with other treatments.
How does it work?
Injection of PRP into the skin regenerates and increases the process of tissue repair. PRP contains growth factors that are released by activated platelets to help initiate the regeneration by: stimulating new blood vessel and collagen formation and induction of mesenchymal stem cell division.
Is it safe?
As PRP uses your own blood, the risk of contamination or immunological reactions with transmissible diseases is eliminated.
Before and after 3 PRP Treatments
IPL Treatment Information
Pre Treatment Information:
- Do not expose skin to sun during this time frame
Post Treatment Information:
- Cooling with wrapped ice or wet flannels from the fridge/freezer
- Take anti-inflammatory and or/antihistamine to help with swelling
- Do not exfoliate or scratch the skin
- Avoid sunlight especially for 2 weeks as skin can be more susceptible to sunburn in treatment areas
- Wear a broad spectrum 20+ sunblock daily and reapply regularly
- Apply hydrocortisone cream 0.5% (from chemist) if skin is itchy or inflamed
- Repeat treatments are at 3-4 week
Laser Tattoo Removal Information
How does this laser work?
Short bursts of intense laser energy pass through the skin to target the dark colours of the tattoo ink. The visible ink particles are then fragmented and the body’s immune system absorbs and eliminates them. This gradual elimination process can take up to six weeks after the treatment, hence the gap between treatments. With the new advances in Q-switched laser technology, tattoo removal can be achieved with minimal risk of scarring and permanent pigmentary alteration. There are five types of tattoos: 1) amateur 2) professional 3) cosmetic 4) medicinal 5) traumatic. Amateur tattoos require less treatment sessions than professional multi-coloured tattoos. The pulse duration, energy levels and focal point make this particular laser extremely effective for tattoo removal.
Is it safe?
Yes, there are strict protocols for the use of the laser. You will be informed of the treatment process during your initial consultation. You will be given clear, simple instructions for pre and post treatment. During treatment you will wear protective laser goggles and will follow the instructions of the laser therapist. Scarring is most unlikely but can occur on rare occasions. Please inform us if you develop thick scar tissue. Sometimes the skin’s natural brown pigmentation (melanin) may be become paler or darker in the treated area. Pigmentation will gradually return to normal over a period of months. In rare cases this pigmentation change can be permanent.
Will it hurt?
Yes, but no more than when you had the original tattoo. Most people report a stinging sensation. A topical anaesthetic cream can be applied if necessary to the treatment area 1 hour before treatment. There will be a small charge for this.
What are the anticipated side effects?
Discomfort, burning sensation, swelling and redness and possible crusting and blistering. Delayed side effects can include lightening and darkening of skin tone.
What results can I expect?
After each treatment the tattoo colour will whiten and then the colours will gradually fade. Fading will occur over 6 weeks. Therefore, you need multiple treatments at least 6 weeks apart to remove ink colour. Small amateur tattoos will need fewer treatments than professional tattoos.
Some lighter colours (sky blue, sea green) may not be completely removed but will be significantly paler.
The treated area may be swollen, reddened and tender to touch for several days after treatment. Dark hair in the area may turn white: this can be shaved or trimmed.
Prepare these items before attending for your treatment:
- Cool compresses in fridge
- Sterile wound dressing
- Antibiotic cream (buy from Accent on Skin)
- Have some panadol &/or any-inflammatory tabs available
What happens during the treatment?
Small tattoos take approx 15mins. The therapist will trace the laser over the tattoo. The skin will turn white and appear to raise and bubble, but it does not usually break and bleed. If this occurs, then protective dressings will be applied.
The treated area will be red and swollen for a day or two and then will gradually settle. Gentle showering and drying of area to ensure that the treated area remains clean and infection free. Wear loose clothing over the area so as not to rub or irritate skin. Do not constrict the area, or apply dressings without consulting us.
- Cooling cares with wrapped ice or wet flannels from fridge/freezer.
- Use an anti-biotic cream and keep a clean non stick dressing over the site of treatment whilst healing.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream 0.5% (from chemist) if skin is itchy or inflamed after 3-5 days
- Do not pick or scratch skin
- Avoid sunlight between treatments
- Wear a broad spectrum 30+ sun block daily and reapply regularly
Will the tattoo completely disappear?
In most cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is important to acknowledge that over 100 tattoo inks are available worldwide. Newer inks are brighter and harder to remove. Not knowing which tattoo ink, how deep or how much ink was used makes it impossible to predict the degree of removal of any given tattoo.