Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE FACIAL FILLERS?
Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid injectable treatments that replace lost volume and fill lines and wrinkles — with results that can last up to approximately 6-24 months depending on the product and treatment chosen. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. The hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers combine with the water in your skin to gently restore elasticity and tone.
IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
Many people find their procedure at Silhouette Aesthetics more comfortable than expected, and most dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic. A topical numbing cream is also applied beforehand to the area being treated for added comfort.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Appointment times vary, depending on the desired effect. As a rough guide, the treatment can take around 30 minutes.  Silhouette Aesthetics do offer a free 15 minute consultation.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT?
After an initial doctor consultation to ensure suitability, your skin will be cleansed. Your lip filler of choice will be gently injected into the required area(s)
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
This depends both on the type of dermal filler used, the area treated and the individual patient. Dermal fillers can last anywhere from 3 months to a 18 months before the body has absorbed the hyaluronic acid. Over time, you will notice the results of the treatment begin to fade, gradually returning your appearance to its pre-treatment state.
CAN DERMAL FILLERS BE REMOVED?
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as =Juvederm and =Restylane, can be quickly dissolved using an enzyme known as Hyaluronidase. This acts to disperse hyaluronic acid, speeding up the natural breakdown of the dermal filler. A patch test is carried out before the administration of Hyaluronidase and the client is required to remain within the clinic for us to monitor before going ahead with dissolving.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DERMAL FILLER AND BOTULINUM TOXIN?
Both treatments involve injections, but botulinum toxin relaxes muscle movement that results in wrinkles while dermal fillers simply plump out and smooth wrinkles. Sometimes, these treatments are more effective when combined.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTERWARDS?
Immediately following treatment, you may experience minor redness, swelling, and bruising. The treated area may also feel tender. These effects usually last 2-3 days and do not prevent patients from returning to work and other normal activities immediately after leaving the clinic.
WHAT IS A SKIN PEEL?

Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by inducing a controlled wound and thus removing superficial layers of the skin. As a result, skin peels promote the growth of a new healthy top skin layer and improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Some peels are designed to self neutralize and may remain on your skin for 2-4 hours.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY AFTER A CHEMICAL PEEL AND WHAT TYPE OF CARE IS NECESSARY?
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and may be red. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel
WHAT TYPE OF PEELS ARE OUT THERE?

There are various different peels to choose from, however the different peels relate to the various skin types and will help every single one in a different way, We would advise you to speak to one of our specialists who will assess what peel you will need to create a bespoke treatment.

WHERE ON MY BODY CAN I HAVE A SKIN PEEL?

Our range of peels can be used for the face and nearly every other area of the body, Talk to one of our experts and they can walk you through the various options.

WHY DID I NOT HAVE ANY VISIBLE PEELING AFTER MY PEEL?
The success of the peel should not be judged by the amount of peeling, but by the end results that the peel will produce. The amount of peeling may vary depending on individual skin condition at the time of the peel or the depth of the peel. Regardless of the degree of peeling, the skin is still sloughing off at an accelerated rate, resulting in the improvement of skin tone and texture and an improvement of fine lines and uneven pigmentation.
WHAT PRODUCTS OR PROCEDURES SHOULD I AVOID BEFORE A CHEMICAL PEEL?
One week before the peel avoid waxing, electrolysis, deploritory creams, and laser hair removal.
• Two to three days before the peel discontinue using any prescription topicals such as Retin-A, differin or Tazorac, as well as any products containing retinol, alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA), beta hydroxyl acids (BHA) or benzoyl peroxide.
• Patients who have had any medical cosmetic facial treatments or procedures such as Laser treatments, cosmetic fillers or other surgical procedures should wait until skin sensitivity has completely resolved before receiving a peel.
WHAT ARE THE COUNTERINDICATIONS TO CHEMICAL PEELS?
Chemical peels should be avoided if any of the following conditions are present:
• Active cold sores, herpes simplex or warts in the area to be treated
• Wounded, sunburned or excessively sensitive skin
• Accutane use within the last year
• History of recent chemotherapy or radiation therapy
• Allergies to aspirin
• Women who are pregnant or actively breastfeeding
• Patients with Vitiligo
• Patients with a history of autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis etc) or any condition that may weaken their immune system

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