Here at Cosmetic Doctor we get asked many questions regarding our treatments and the services offered by Dr Tauber and her team.
We have taken the time to list some of the most popular ones for your perusal. Should you require further information in regards to any aspect of our site or services please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dermal Filler FAQ
Are there any side effects?
Side effects may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days. Treatments should not be used in or near skin sites where there are or have been active skin disease, inflammation or related conditions. Nor should it be injected into an area where a permanent implant has been placed. Treatments are not suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women. During your pretreatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your practitioner.
I am pregnant or breast feeding, can I be treated?
No. Please contact Dr Tauber for a consultation to discuss when it will be safe for you.
Are there any risks?
Millions of treatments have been carried out since the launch in 1996. Some common injection-related reactions might occur after an injection which resolve within one or two days after injection. These reactions may include redness, swelling, pain, itching, bruising or tenderness at the injection site. Inflammatory reactions may last for up to two weeks in rare cases. After a lip enhancement, your lips may be swollen for several days.
Will I loose time off my work or job?
You can expect slight redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, itching and/or bruising following treatment. This is the same as you might expect with any type of injection. However, the discomfort is temporary and generally disappears after a few days. Usually you can return to work the following day. With lip enhancement, it is wise to choose your treatment time with care since your lips may become swollen and appear slightly uneven for a few days.
Does it hurt?
Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. There is anaesthetic in the filler which reduces the discomfort. A local anaesthetic cream is often used. Another form of anaesthesia, a dental block, can be used to numb the area when enhancing lips.
What areas can be treated?
Treatments can be used to smooth out facial lines, create fuller lips and shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin. It is a subtle approach to enhancing looks naturally. The most common areas treated are:
- Around the mouth area
- Cheeks and chin (shaping)
- Between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines)
- From the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds)
- Around the eyes
- Tear troughs
- Wrinkles on the face
- Back of hands
How long will it take?
The treatment is very quick and often takes less than 30 minutes. The treatment benefits can normally be seen instantly and our treatments do not affect facial expression. No skin test is required because our treatments do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
Anti wrinkle FAQ
How do anti wrinkle injections work?
Anti wrinkle injections blocks the nerve impulses to the muscle treated preventing the muscle from contracting. The overlying wrinkle is then softened or eliminated as the muscle underneath is relaxed. Only small amounts are injected so that you can target specific areas without affecting surrounding areas. When used properly, anti wrinkle injections are very safe as spread from the site of injection is very limited.
What areas can be treated with anti wrinkle injections?
Areas that can be treated include:
- Eyes (crows feet)
- Nose scrunch
- Lip lines
- Neck bands
- Eye brow lift
- Lifting corners of the mouth
- Reshaping lower face
- Facial asymmetry
- Many other lower face areas
Is it safe?
This product has been used for well over 30 years. It’s safety has been proven long term. Any potential side effect is almost always temporary. Much larger doses of this product than is used in cosmetic uses are used in children with cerebral palsy as young as 2 years old.
How long does it last?
It begins to take effect 2-3 days following the procedure and works fully by 1-2 weeks. It usually lasts 3-6 months.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure only takes a few minutes. Most people have this performed in their lunch break and go straight back to work afterwards. A small amount is injected under the skin or into the muscle. It doesn’t require anaesthetic as it is very tolerable. Ice can be used. Over the next few days the muscles gradually relax. You can still maintain facial expression however the wrinkles in the treated area soften or disappear.
Are there any side effects?
There are a few possible side effects however they do not happen very often. Bruising and tenderness at the injection site may occur however this normally resolves after a week. A headache may occur for a few days after the procedure. A mild painkiller may be taken if this occurs to relieve the headache. Minor temporary droop of one eyelid can occur when treating the frown lines. This is not common and disappears in days to weeks. There is an eye drop that can be used to sometimes reverse this until the eyelid returns to normal. Very rarely there can be an allergic reaction or a flu like illness.
Can it be used in pregnant women?
It should not be used in pregnancy, while breastfeeding or in people with certain neuromuscular disorders.
Bruise Cover Up
In order to cover bruising it’s important to understand the basics of colour correction.
Colours directly across from another in the colour wheel cancels the other out.
Red is directly across from green on the colour wheel. The colour green will neutralize the colour red, which is why green concealer works best to cover red acne blemishes. By simply referring to the colour wheel, you’ll better understand how to cover bruising or other skin blemishes.
Apply the camouflage colour that cancels out the bruise colour and then apply your normal neutral skin foundation makeup on top.
Neutralizing makeup colour needed
Bruising colour changes over a period of time, normally progresses from red, blue, purple, black, green and yellow shades. For this reason the makeup used to camouflage bruising needs to change as the bruise colour changes.
Green Concealers: Green neutralizes the colour red, which is why green concealers are used for getting rid of any redness on your face. Use a green based spot concealer to remove redness from a red bruise or red blemishes such as acne or acne rosacea.
Purple, lavender, or lilac concealers are best suited for eliminating yellow bruising or any unwanted yellow undertones on your skin.
Pink or Peach Concealers: This is a mixture of red, orange, and yellow hues, which are across from the blue, purple, and green hues on the colour wheel. Used to cover purple and blue bruising. Also can be used to combat dark under eye circles.
Yellow concealers are used for hiding purple or blue bruises, veins, and under eye circles. Yellow is right across from purple on the colour wheel.
Orange Concealers: Orange can be used to cover blue bruising.