If you’ve been thinking about ‘having something done’ for a while, then you’re in good company! Dr Teresa has a lot of experience in treating ‘first timers’, and understands that you may be nervous and have plenty of questions.
The first thing that we should say is that facial aesthetics is perfectly safe, providing that treatments are administered by qualified practitioners, such Dr Teresa. You may have have read worrying articles on the internet – and seen the photos of treatments gone wrong! – and that is why it’s so important to do your research, ask questions and make informed decisions.
Choosing a practitioner
The first thing to know is that it’s important to choose your facial aesthetics practitioner wisely. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about training and treatment experience – check out our top tips about questions to ask below.
Dr Teresa has over 20 years experience in facial aesthetics, having trained at the prestigious Guy’s Hospital in London. Her specialities are Profhilo, wrinkle relaxation injections, fillers and lip fillers and her ethos is keeping her results natural.
The most important thing is not feel pressured into having any treatments that you are not comfortable with. Your practitioner should take the time to talk you through various treatment options and discuss which would be right for you.
If you’re feeling nervous about treatments then it’s a good idea to start with a small simple treatment, perhaps to get rid of something you always hate when you glance in the mirror – a particular line on the forehead or between the brows for example, which can be treated with an anti wrinkle injection. This will enable you to see how you feel about the treatment without making too dramatic change to your appearance.
Or a new treatment which is very popular is Profhilo. This innovative treatment, often referred to as an ‘injectable moisturiser’, freshens the appearance of the face and neck. Unlike ‘fillers’, these micro injections are aimed at creating a hydrated, plumped look rather than restructuring the shape of the face.
“I don’t want to look frozen or have a trout pout”
Dr Teresa prides herself in caring out treatments that are very natural. Her aim is to freshen faces, enhance skin tone and elasticity, providing treatment where friends and family will say ‘Have you been on holiday? You look so much fresher!’ Done gently and carefully, the aim of these types of treatments is to improve your confidence and make you feel better about your appearance.
Regarding fillers, the aim is to add lost volume and not to add volume where there has never been any. Lip fillers, which are very popular, can create a smile that is pretty and balanced. Just a small amount of product can lift cheeks which can subtly transform a face, leaving you looking less tired and more healthy.
Do I have to take time off work for facial aesthetic treatments?
Nowadays the products and techniques mean little risk or downtime afterwards, so you don’t need to take time off work or worry about hiding the evidence from partners! As with any injections, there may be some immediate swelling but anti-wrinkle injections are not usually noticeable within half an hour or so, especially if you can use an ice pack on the area.
Fillers may leave some bruising the following day if your skin is prone to it, arnica cream or taking arnica tablets before hand can help this.
What side effects do I need to worry about?
As with all non-surgical aesthetic treatments there is a risk of side-effects. These are typically small swellings at the injection points and potentially minor bruising if you are prone to that.
Profhilo is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or people who are allergic to Hyaluronic Acid (very rare).
If you are considering Profhilo treatment and would like to discuss whether it is right for you, do not hesitate to get in contact with Dr Teresa and she will be happy to discuss the treatment with you to see if it will drive the desired results you are looking for.
Questions to ask your practitioner:
- How long have you been administering anti wrinkle treatments and what training do you have?
Remember that cosmetic treatments involving injections are medical procedures and whilst they are only minimally invasive, they should not be taken lightly. The practitioner you choose should be experienced and have the relevant qualifications. Please avoid cosmetic practitioners who have no medical training!
Dr Teresa trained at the prestigious Guy’s Hospital in London and is a fully licensed dentist and aesthetician, providing a range of non-surgical facial treatments to help you look and feel young again.
- Can I read reviews or testimonials and see a portfolio of your work?
A good practitioner will be able to direct you to reviews which will give you a good indication of their standard of work and level of patient care. This is an invasive treatment and must be viewed as a medical procedure where you are the patient.
Over the years Dr Teresa has collected many reviews and testimonials, all of which back up her knowledge and expertise and her passion for to maintain the highest level of patient care.
- Can you talk me through your consultation process?
Make sure whoever you are seeing spends time with you to discuss your medical history and also fully explain how each treatment works and how it will be carried out. Anti wrinkly injections such as Botox is a prescription only drug and should only be administered following a face to face assessment with a person who has a prescribing qualification.
Dr Teresa offers a free online consultation which includes establishing your medical history and discussing any concerns you may have. She can then talk you through the procedure you are interested in and also provide advice to ensure that your treatment not only achieves the look you want, but also looks natural.
- What products do you use and why?
When it comes to quality, not all aesthetic products are the same. Understanding how they may differ is important and something to discuss with your practitioner. Aesthetic products should be backed by science and have a proven track record, so make certain you are comfortable about the information available that supports the product’s safety and effectiveness.