Are facial cosmetics safe?
Yes, dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are safe. Done properly, they subtly enhance your most attractive features and minimise less desirable ones — think of the outcome as you but on a good day.
How do I know who is a safe practitioner?
It’s true that the facial aesthetics industry isn’t really regulated. This is unhelpful to say the least for patients. Amid increasing reports of unsafe practice by unlicensed beauty therapists, we strongly advise you find a qualified health professional to carry out your facial aesthetics. A dentist or medical doctor is much safer than an untrained beautician. At Portmore, most of our facial cosmetics are carried out by Andre, a GP who has been practising in this field since 2000.
Why is a dental practice offering facial cosmetics?
We feel it’s a natural extension of our role, which we see as helping our patients look and feel better in a safe and responsible way. As it happens, you couldn’t do much better than a dental practice if you’re looking for safe facial cosmetics. We comply with strict CQC rules on surgery cleanliness and standards of practice, and dentists have an in depth understanding of facial muscles, skin types, nerve supply and the underlying anatomical framework. We do facial injections every day, and our skill makes all the difference in your experience.
Who are facial cosmetics for?
Our facial aesthetic treatments subtly enhance your features, making your skin appear more youthful and smooth. Anyone can benefit, including men and women of diverse age groups. It starts with a chat with one of our treatment coordinators.
Is it painful?
Some patients may experience some slight discomfort during treatment. We can use a topical anaesthetic on any treated areas to minimise discomfort.
What is the difference between anti wrinkle therapy and dermal fillers?
With dermal fillers, the effects are used to put back volume in the skin and to sculpt certain areas of the face such as the lips and deep static lines on the face. Botulinum toxin makes the targeted muscles less active and will therefore soften and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by movement.
How many treatments will I need?
In most cases, patients can see a real difference after just one treatment. This is because botulinum toxin works gradually, smoothing and softening lines and wrinkles for up to four months. We will advise you on how many treatments you’re likely to need and how often, depending upon the results you’d like to achieve. With dermal fillers the effects can be seen immediately and can be expected to last for up to one year after treatment.
Isn’t Botox dangerous?
While botulinum is a toxic agent, it is used in such minute dosage that there is no evidence of any adverse reaction. Botulinum toxin has been used for the last 20 years to treat patients with numerous muscular diseases. It is also used ‘off label’ for a variety of more prevalent conditions that include tension headaches, excessive sweating, chronic lower back pain, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, achalasia, and various dystonias. The drug is well accepted in the medical arena.
Will I end up with a trout pout?
We will carry out an extensive assessment and following that we will aim to meet your expectations within our duty of care, which we take to mean subtly enhancing your natural features. We’re mindful not to over-contour the lips or any other areas of the face.