Frequently Asked Questions

General

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Are Botox® and Dermal Fillers the same?
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The term Botox® is often used generally when describing non-surgical injectable treatments shown on social media and in passing conversation. There are in fact two popular treatments which the majority refer to, and are the following:

Anti wrinkle treatment or Botulinum Toxin (Botox®, Azzalure®, Bocouture®, Dysport®, Xeomin®) is a prescription only medication which has been used for cosmetic purposes since 1990. When injected into specific facial muscles cause temporary relaxation and results in a cosmetic effect of skin smoothening.

This is a very popular treatment particularly for upper face relaxation including the frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. Anti wrinkle treatments can also be used in other areas such as the underarms to reduce excessive sweating, relaxation of the masseter muscles to reduce teeth grinding during sleep, and to create a smoother neck often referred to as the Nefertiti Lift.

Dermal Fillers are different to this as they are made from Hyaluronic Acid and available in a range of different "gel-like" thicknesses. When injected into specific areas of the face this product is able to restore shape, create volume and improve skin hydration. Areas typically treated include the cheeks, lips, nose to mouth lines, tear trough, chin, jaw line etc.

The popularity in Dermal Filler treatments has grown exponentially within the last few years since becoming more affordable, and signified over social media as the game changing treatment for celebrity icons such as The Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, and Angelina Jolie.

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What is Artistic Facial Profiling?
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Our faces are three-dimensional structures requiring balance from a frontal, sagittal (45 degrees) and side profile angles. Artistic Facial Profiling is the unique skill of combining science with artistry in producing a visually balanced and attractive face at all of these angles.

MR Aesthetics applies the Fibonacci golden ratios of beauty alongside his own signature techniques to create a bespoke balanced aesthetic version of you. This is a skill that has been acquired by MR Aesthetics through years of training, practice and an artistic eye to detail.

We pride ourselves discussing your face, what suits you, areas to treat, treatment options and to answer any questions you have.

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How do I know which treatment I need?
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Our self confidence, friends, colleagues and social media may be the probing factor to exploring aesthetic treatments and this can all be very overwhelming at first. Many people will not know what treatments they desire and this is where we are happy to help.

Please feel free to contact MR Aesthetics via social media, email or book a consultation to discuss your concerns.

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Will I not look overdone and will everyone notice?
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The majority of clientele who either book a consultation or walk through the door will at some point always anticipate this. This apprehension is completely understandable especially for those exploring aesthetics for the first time.

The treatment ethic at MR Aesthetics is one of subtlety and to enhance. The aim is never to build Rome in a single day, but rather agree on an aesthetic plan and build gradually into a subtle yet noticeably enhanced version of you. Our goal is for you to look and feel good about your face with confidence.

On the day of the meeting or prior, treatment quantities and volumes will be discussed for achieving a natural yet aesthetic look. Clients requesting larger quantities of products for one treatment area than recommended may be refused at the discretion of MR Aesthetics.

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Are treatments only catered to females?
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Not at all! As a male, I can personally vouch for the majority and say that men also want to look their best.

Anti-wrinkle, Dermal Filler, and skin tightening treatments are catered for both male and female faces, and we have witnessed a huge rise in male interest for such treatments.

Male aesthetics was once a taboo subject as the non-surgical aesthetics market began specifically catering to female faces only. The old stigmas were that male faces would almost become feminised and lose the masculine touch with anti-wrinkle and/or dermal filler treatments. Once upon a time, this may have been true!

However, we now live in an era where we appreciate that not one size fits all with the advances in aesthetics artistry and techniques. At MR Aesthetics we are more than well versed in the differences between male vs. female face ratios and the desired outcomes for both genders. We have bespoke packages catered to male clients desiring dermal fillers such as our masculinisation package, which focuses on creating chiseled and masculine angles of the cheeks and jawline. Please enquire for more details.   

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Are these treatments safe?
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Non-surgical treatments do have rare potential risks which can be minimised with correct and specialised techniques.

Minor risks of such treatments are rare and include swelling, redness, and bruising at the site of treatment(s). The most significant potential risk is that of vascular occlusion or blockage of veins/arteries, which if not spotted and managed early, can develop into a more serious complication of skin necrosis. At MR Aesthetics we take this very seriously and so are strictly trained in the protocols for identifying and managing such complications immediately. 

 Our refined signature techniques have been practiced and developed on thousands of clientele in order to minimise potential risks, and we ensure that you are always in safe hands.

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Are the products safe?
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All products used by MR Aesthetics are FDA approved and completely safe for human use.

Anti-wrinkle and Dermal Filler treatment allergies are very rare and side effects are usually at the site of injection as mentioned above.

If you do not fall into the following list below, you are eligible for treatments.

Anti-wrinkle treatments are not suitable for those:

  • Less than 18 years of age.
  • With known hypersensitivity to Botulinum Type A or any of its excipients e.g. human albumin and/or sodium chloride.
  • With neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, Eaton Lambert Syndrome.
  • Taking certain muscle relaxants and antibiotics such as Tubocurarine and/or Gentamicin.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Taking Anticoagulants, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Chloroquine, Calcium Channel Blockers.
  • With infection or inflammation at the proposed site of injections.

Dermal Fillers are made of Hyaluronic Acid which is already naturally occurring in the body and so incorporates into the body’s skin tissue easily.

Dermal Filler treatments are not suitable for those with:

  • Less than 18 years of age.
  • Known hypersensitivity to Hyaluronic Acid and/or a particular brand(s).
  • Known hypersensitivity to any excipients e.g. Lidocaine.
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Use of Anticoagulants, Aspirin, Vitamin E, Chloroquine, Calcium Channel Blockers.
  • Those with infection or inflammation at the proposed site of injections.
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Can I have treatments if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
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No. No clinical evidence is available to suggest such treatments are safe by the use of pregnant or breastfeeding women. Therefore, these can only be used to treat once pregnancy/breastfeeding has finished.

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Are there any age restrictions with treatments?
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The legal age for such treatments is 18 years of age and over and ID may be requested on the day of a consultation or treatment.

Upper treatment age limit is defined up to the age of 65 years old, and any treatment recommendations above this age would be at the discretion of MR Aesthetics, so long as the candidate in question was medically suitable with no underlying medical conditions.  The benefits of treatments would also be made on the basis of a full facial assessment.

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What age should I start?
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There is no true age to have such treatments. So long as you are over 18 years of age, medically, and aesthetically suitable for such treatments you are eligible. This can either be ascertained prior to the meeting or on the day will a full assessment. 

Every face will differ in terms of structure, facial muscle strengths, and skin quality.

Someone who has anti-wrinkle and/or Dermal Filler treatments before wrinkles or lines become deep-set will be preventing these from progressing. Likewise, if one were to have treatments once the wrinkles or lines had become deep/strong may require more treatment episodes, and possibly a stronger dose to achieve optimal results.

Pre-Treatment

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How do I book an appointment?
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Please click on the red button highlighted ‘Book Now!’, located at the top of this page. This will direct you to an online scheduler where you are able to select your preferred clinic location, your chosen treatment(s), fill in your personal details, and choose a time slot that best suits you. The final step requires a £50 online deposit which is required for each appointment booked. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for please feel free to contact MR Aesthetics for more details.

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How do I cancel/reschedule my appointment?
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For every online booking made, you will be sent a confirmation email/text and also a reminder a few days before the treatment day. If you need to cancel/reschedule, please contact us at treatments@mraesthetics.co.

Please note that all appointments (including consultations) cannot be rescheduled or cancelled 72 hours prior to the day of booking, and also includes bookings made within 72 hours (or less) of the appointment. In such cases, the online booking fee of £50 will be lost, and a further booking fee of £50 will be required to create an entirely new booking.

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How do I prepare for my appointment?
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It is recommended that you read all information on this website regarding the treatment(s) you are interested in and contact MR Aesthetics beforehand if you have any questions. You may be requested to send in pictures to make recommendations and agree on an aesthetic plan prior to the meeting.   

I kindly request that you plan for treatment well in advance of any important events such as interviews, weddings, holidays, exercise classes, etc. This ensures that enough time is available for any potential swelling to settle and/or review visits to be made. I also highly recommended avoiding wearing makeup on the day of treatment and for 24 hours post-treatment in order to minimise the risk of skin infection.

24 hours prior to treatment it is also highly advisable to:

  • Avoid certain blood-thinning medications such as aspirin and/or ibuprofen.
  • Stop consuming any alcohol, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, flax oil, cod liver fish oil, Vitamin A and E, and other essential fatty acids.

Strict adherence to this guidance will reduce the risk or bruising and/or bleeding on the day of treatment. 

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Can I have my treatment on the same day as my consultation?
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Yes, treatments may be performed on the same day as the consultation.

All non-surgical treatment(s) require a full medical assessment either before meeting or on the day prior to treatment(s). Where possible, it is advised that you send in all relevant information beforehand such as questions, concerns, pictures, and most importantly whether you are considering treatment(s) on the day of the meeting. This will guarantee that enough time is allocated for you, and also gives me an idea of your aesthetic goals so that we are ready to go ahead.  

In cases where further treatments are requested on a day where time does not allow, you may be asked to rebook another appointment.

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Can I bring a friend/family member with me?
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You are more than welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to observe or for moral support. It is best to inform MR Aesthetics of this information beforehand and keep this to a maximum of two people accompanying you.

MR Aesthetics has the right to refuse entry to additional attendees if not informed to minimise risk to health and safety.

Treatment Day

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What will happen at my appointment?
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On arrival you will be greeted and asked to kindly fill out your patient information. You will then have a full consultation to discuss any further information (including anything sent in to us prior), concerns and treatment options.

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How long do the treatments take to perform?
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Every treatment(s) is tailored to each individual face and every client experience is valuable too. A typical appointment will consist of a full consultation, treatment(s), and post-treatment advice. Anti-wrinkle treatments typically take around 15-20 minutes to perform and Dermal Fillers can range from 30-60 minutes depending on the number of treatment areas involved. If you may be considering additional treatment areas on the day, please let us know beforehand if possible.

This process will also include taking before/after pictures and payments made on the day.

Treatment times can occasionally and unintentionally overrun. I fully respect clientele time and trust in myself, and so apologise in advance if this does happen. Additionally, I also strongly consider patient safety first and foremost and will do my best to ensure that all clients are seen promptly.    

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How painful are the treatments?
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Pain is a subjective matter as some clients experience no pain at all and the majority will feel a minimal amount of discomfort. I reassure every client with my use of only fine needles to minimise discomfort, and all Dermal Filler products contain anaesthetic agents such as Lidocaine for additional comfort.

As these treatments are non-invasive, the most concerning element is often the knowledge of needle trauma to the skin. Needle treatments are not comfortable by definition, however, a local anaesthetic numbing cream may be applied prior to treatments in order to further minimise pain, and treatment times are relatively short. Some advanced treatments such as the cheeks, tear trough, jawline, etc are performed using a blunt microcannula device which further minimises pain as well as swelling and/or bruising.

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Are there any side effects from these treatments?
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All medicinal compounds have the potential risk of side effects. In the case of anti-wrinkle and Dermal Filler treatments, this is rare and minimal. A full medical assessment will determine potential risks which will be explained in full detail and any questions answered before treatments.

As mentioned above, local skin side effects can occur from treatments at the site of injection(s) and include redness, soreness, light swelling, and bruising. These are only temporary and healing can be sped up with the correct adherence to aftercare advice provided on the day of treatment.

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How soon will I see the results?
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Anti-wrinkle treatments typically take 7 to 14 days to show full results.

Dermal Filler treatment results are instant. Due to the nature of light swelling/bruising which may occur on the day of treatment, the best results are seen typically 2 weeks after treatment once all areas have fully settled down.

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How long do the effects of treatment last?
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This varies between individuals due to differences in metabolism, lifestyle, and skin type.

Commonly known factors to be aware of which may considerably reduce the duration of treatment results include:

  • Exercise
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Frequent flying

Average durations are:

Anti-wrinkle treatments:  3-4 months

Dermal Fillers enhancements:

Lips                                  6 months

Nasolabial Folds        6 months

Marionettes                   6 months

Tear Trough                   6 months

Cheeks                            12-18 months

Chin/Jawline                 12-18 months

NS Rhinoplasty             12-18 months

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What type of payment methods do you accept?
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All payments are taken on the day of treatment. You will be required to pay a £50 deposit fee for every online booking made (including consultations), which will then be deducted from the treatment total on the day.

Cash, all major credit and debit cards are accepted.

NB: MR Aesthetics does not offer credit or payment installments on any treatments.

Post-Treatment

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Is there any downtime?
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Other than light swelling and/or bruising most individuals are fine to return to work immediately.

However, due to the nature of unpredictable swelling/bruising please allow for settling time with some procedures and best to plan ahead accordingly prior to any important events like weddings, business presentations etc.

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Do's and don'ts after treatment?
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Treated areas do require settling time to see the full results.

Here are some highly recommended post treatment advice tips:

  • Avoid topical products- avoid makeup/lipstick to the areas treated for at least 24 hours. Also discontinue use of Retin A for at least 2 days post treatment.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise- any physical activity should be avoided for at least 24 -48 hours post treatment. This includes weight training, running, Pilates and yoga.
  • Avoid heat- as the treatments take time to settle, it is important to avoid any activity for 24-48 hours post treatment which raises your blood pressure. This includes saunas, steam baths, steam rooms, hot yoga etc. You are more than welcome to ask if unsure.
  • Elevate your head and avoid lying down flat for at least 3 to 4 hours post treatment- this reduces the chances and/or recovery from swelling/bruising by preventing pooling of blood.
  • Ice- icing before, during and after treatment can help reduce the swelling and bruising. Never apply ice directly to a specific area but use a thin paper towel as a barrier do so.
  • Arnica- Arnica Montana (available over the counter at most chemists) is a homeopathic remedy to heal bruising. Please follow guidance on the packaging and this is available as a cream, gel and tablets.
  • Do not massage (unless otherwise advised) or touch areas treated- this will prevent the product from migrating to unwanted areas.
  • Avoid facial treatments- avoid treatments such as facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, micro needling for at least 7 days to guarantee products to not migrate and/or irritate skin sensitivity.
  • Avoid some medications- for at least 3-4 days post treatment avoid aspirin and ibuprofen. If pain relief is required then Paracetamol is best taken.
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Do I need a follow-up?
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A follow-up review is optional 2 weeks after your treatment. You are more than welcome to book this for any concerns, questions, or further treatments you have required. Further treatments and ‘touch-ups’ may incur a further charge and this will be explained on the day of reviewing beforehand.

At MR Aesthetics, I pride my work on honesty and lasting client relationships. This means that you are able to ask any questions and/or concerns at any point throughout your aesthetics journey.

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What if I’m unhappy with the results?
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Expectations and outcomes of treatment plans are discussed in full detail in the consultation prior to undergoing any treatments.

All clients have the option of a post treatment review after 2 weeks to ensure after care advice has been followed (above), and questions and concerns answered. This ensures that each and every client always feels they are in trusted hands when achieving the desired look. We also provide contact details so that we can be contacted with any concerns.

For cases where someone may not be completely satisfied with their results, we are more than happy to discuss and arrange reviews where necessary.

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