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  • What is dermal filler?
    Dermal filler is a soft tissue filler injected into the skin at different depths to help fill in facial wrinkles, provide facial volume, and augment facial features: restoring a smoother appearance. The Dermal fillers I use consist of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found within the skin and cartilage. Dermal fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body.
  • Does dermal filler hurt?
    Prior to commencing treatment a topical anaesthetic is used to help numb the area for comfort. Dermal filler also contains a local anaesthetic, which therefore numbs the area being treated to increase comfort throughout treatment.
  • How long does dermal filler last?
    This is a very common question asked, and is also the hardest to answer. Each individual will find dermal filler lasts a different amount of time. The length it will last is all dependent on lifestyle factors and your natural metabolism. It is important to be aware that when you first have dermal filler, you will need to attend for a top up within a few months, and after time your body will allow the hyaluronic acid to settle and remain in your body for longer periods, meaning more time in between top ups!
  • When will I see results?
    The results from dermal filler are almost immediate, so you will leave the clinic with the visible effects of the treatment.
  • Are there any side effects?
    Roxy will discuss with you how to care for the treated area post treatment. In-depth aftercare can also be found on Pear Aesthetics’ Instagram highlights. Bruising and swelling are two of the most common side effects and will settle within a few days.
  • How does dermal filler function?
    Fillers work by attracting moisture from surrounding tissues, helping the skin retain hydration. This process plumps the skin, restoring volume and smoothing out lines.
  • How soon will I notice changes?
    Results are typically visible immediately but continue to improve over the following weeks as the product settles into the skin.
  • What upkeep is involved with dermal filler?
    Maintenance and top-up sessions are recommended as necessary to maintain desired results, determined by you and your practitioner, Roxy. If you have travel plans, you can still undergo this treatment but we advise scheduling any treatment at least two weeks prior to travel to allow for potential bruising and swelling to resolve.
  • Which dermal filer lasts the longest?
    The longevity of dermal fillers varies based on factors such as filler density, injection area, and patient metabolism.
  • What's the difference between Restylane and Juvederm?
    Restylane and Juvederm are both FDA-approved dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid gels. Restylane has a slightly granular texture compared to Juvederm's smooth gel. Restylane typically lasts 6 to 9 months, while Juvederm's effects can last from 9 to 12 months.
  • Does Juvederm stimulate collagen production?
    Studies suggest that Juvederm and other dermal fillers may stimulate collagen formation, resulting in longer-lasting rejuvenation effects.
  • Are dermal fillers permanent?
    Dermal fillers at Pearl Aesthetics are semi-long lasting and composed of hyaluronic acid, which is gradually absorbed into the skin over 6 to 18 months.
  • Can dermal fillers be dissolved?
    Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can be dissolved using hyaluronidase, an enzyme that accelerates filler breakdown.
  • How long do cheek fillers last?
    Cheek filler longevity varies depending on factors like treatment area, skin elasticity, and filler type. Typically, Juvederm and Restylane last between 6 months and 1 year.
  • How do I choose the right filler for me?
    During your consultation, Roxy will create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs, selecting from various filler options based on your desired outcomes.
  • When will I see results after dermal filler treatment?
    Results are immediate post-treatment, offering a non-surgical lift for smoother, revitalised skin.
  • How does a dermal filler differ from botox?
    Dermal fillers add volume and smooth wrinkles, while botox (botulinum toxin) relaxes muscles to reduce wrinkles. These treatments may be combined for enhanced results.
  • What should I expect after dermal filler treatment?
    Patients may experience redness, swelling, or tenderness post-treatment, which typically resolves within 1 to 2 days. Bruising may occur rarely and diminish within 7 to 14 days.
  • How long does swelling last after treatment?
    Swelling usually subsides within 1 to 2 days.
  • Can I resume eating immediately after treatment?
    Yes, patients can eat immediately after treatment.
  • When can I resume exercise?
    Exercise can be resumed after 24 hours.
  • How should I prepare for laser hair removal?
    To ensure optimal outcomes and safety before and after your treatment, it's essential to adhere to the following guidelines: Minimize sun exposure and consistently apply sunscreen with at least SPF30. Refrain from using any fake tans. Avoid alternative hair removal methods like plucking, waxing, and electrolysis for a minimum of four weeks before your treatment, as they can interfere with the hair follicles. Trim and shave the treatment area the day before the laser treatment. This helps prevent surface skin damage caused by burnt hairs while preserving the hair shaft beneath the skin's surface.
  • Is laser hair removal a permanent solution?
    Typically, clients can expect up to an 80% reduction in hair growth after undergoing 6-8 recommended treatments, with additional touch-up sessions as needed.
  • What are the options for permanent hair removal?
    Our recommended method for achieving permanent hair reduction is laser hair removal. It offers numerous advantages, including long-lasting results, minimal side effects, and the prevention of ingrown hairs.
  • Is laser hair removal safe for pubic hair?
    Yes, laser hair removal is a safe and effective choice for removing pubic hair, including sensitive areas like the genitals. While it provides the benefit of permanent hair reduction, individual experiences may vary. It's important to consult with a qualified professional to ensure safety and suitability for your specific needs.
  • Which laser hair removal method is recommended in the UK?
    In the UK, the most effective laser hair removal machines are those that directly target the hair follicle with laser beams. IPL machines, which emit light flashes, are less efficient and not suitable for all skin types. Pearl Aesthetics utilises medically graded laser hair removal machines, ensuring efficient treatments with excellent results and minimal discomfort, reducing hair by up to 80%.
  • What is the duration of laser hair removal sessions?
    Session lengths vary depending on the treated body part. For example, underarms typically take 10 minutes, while half arms or lower legs may take 20 minutes. Full back and shoulders require approximately 45 minutes, and a full-body treatment can take up to 2 hours.
  • Are results visible after the first laser hair removal session?
    Initial results depend on the individual's hair growth pattern. Most clients with normal hair growth can achieve a 10% to 20% reduction after the first session, while those with conditions like PCOS hirsutism may see less reduction. Following a full course of treatments, up to 80% hair reduction is typically observed.
  • How long do the effects of laser hair removal last?
    While laser hair removal is not entirely permanent, it provides long-lasting results with up to an 80% reduction in hair growth. Although hair may eventually regrow, it tends to be thinner and less voluminous. Maintenance sessions, typically one to four times a year, may be necessary based on individual needs and skin condition.
  • How many laser hair removal sessions are needed?
    On average, 6-8 sessions are required to achieve up to an 80% reduction in hair growth, varying depending on the treated area. For instance, lower legs usually need 8 sessions, while the face may require 16-30 sessions or more. Top-up sessions are necessary to complete the treatment and maintain results. After completing 8 sessions, a free review can help determine the additional sessions needed for each area and their frequency. Consistent top-up sessions are crucial for maintaining results over time.
  • Are three laser hair removal sessions sufficient?
    The number of sessions needed varies depending on individual requirements, although many individuals observe lasting results with 6 to 8 treatments. Upon completing the recommended course, individuals typically enjoy smooth, hair-free skin.
  • When should I schedule maintenance sessions after completing my course?
    To determine the optimal timing for maintenance sessions, it's advisable to book a review following the completion of your course. Ideally, this review should occur 12 weeks after the final body session or 6 weeks after the final facial session.
  • How many laser hair removal treatments are necessary for a Brazilian treatment?
    We advise starting with 8 treatments for any body area, followed by potential top-up sessions for remaining hair growth. While some clients may find minimal hair growth remaining on the top area of the bikini line after the initial sessions and may not require follow-up sessions in that area, beginning with 8 sessions is crucial.
  • Is it advisable to undergo laser hair removal every 2 weeks?
    No, it's generally not recommended to undergo laser hair removal every 2 weeks. Optimal intervals between sessions typically range from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the treated body area. Frequent sessions may lead to skin irritation, burns, or other complications.
  • Does hair fall out immediately after laser treatment?
    After undergoing laser hair removal, hair typically begins to shed between 5 to 30 days. Using an exfoliating product can aid in facilitating the shedding process.
  • Should I remove hair after laser hair removal?
    Between 5-30 days following a laser hair removal session, shedding of hair may occur, resembling new hair growth. However, this is actually dead hair exiting the follicle. Using a washcloth or exfoliation can assist in expediting this process.
  • Will individuals with thick, dark hair require more sessions?
    No, thicker and darker hair typically responds better to laser hair removal. Individuals with hormonal hair may still achieve significant results, although more frequent top-up sessions may be necessary.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of laser hair removal?
    Laser hair removal provides long-lasting results, reducing unwanted hair and promoting smoother skin. However, it requires a higher initial investment compared to traditional methods like waxing and shaving. The procedure may necessitate multiple sessions, and effectiveness can vary based on individual factors such as hair and skin type. Despite the initial cost, many individuals find the long-term benefits worthwhile for achieving prolonged periods of hair-free skin.
  • What are the potential drawbacks of laser hair removal?
    Laser hair removal targets and destroys hair follicles, leading to temporary side effects such as irritation, redness, and tender skin in the treated area. However, these side effects typically subside over time.
  • Is laser hair removal safe for facial hair?
    Yes, laser hair removal is generally considered safe for facial hair removal. It's an effective method for eliminating unwanted facial hair with long-lasting results. While temporary side effects such as redness or swelling may occur in rare cases, laser hair removal is regarded as a safe and commonly performed procedure.
  • Is laser hair removal for the Brazilian bikini area embarrassing?
    It's natural for many women to feel hesitant about laser hair removal in intimate areas like the bikini or perianal region. While initial treatments in these areas may evoke some apprehension, Roxy is trained to maintain discretion and provide top-quality service, ensuring a comfortable experience for all Pearl Aesthetics clients.
  • Why does hair still grow after laser hair removal?
    Following a laser treatment, hair remains within the follicles and is gradually pushed out over approximately two weeks before shedding completely. If hair continues to grow after completing the recommended treatment package, additional top-up sessions may be necessary to further weaken the hair roots and reduce growth. Laser hair removal does not always permanently prevent hair growth, so periodic top-ups are often advised for any remaining finer hairs.
  • Should I shave before laser hair removal?
    Yes, shaving is recommended for body areas. However, for facial hair removal, it's advisable to leave the area untouched between sessions for close monitoring and adjustment of settings, as hair can become very light and thin quickly. If there is any visible hair growth, shaving is acceptable.
  • Is it okay to use hair removal cream before laser hair removal?
    Yes, hair removal cream can be used, but it's essential to leave a gap of three days before the laser appointment, as these creams can make the skin sensitive. The night before the session, ensure there is no surface hair, or else the area will need to be shaved.
  • Is bleaching facial hair between laser sessions permissible?
    While it's preferred not to bleach facial hair between laser sessions to monitor regrowth accurately, exceptions can be made if there's a longer interval between sessions, sun exposure, or other reasons preventing treatment. The hair will be shaved off during the appointment, so it won't affect the treatment.
  • Is tanning between laser sessions acceptable?
    Sunbed use is strongly discouraged during laser hair removal, as it can significantly increase the risk of side effects. Fake tan can be applied up to three weeks before the next session but must be fully removed before treatment. Natural skin tone is necessary for each session, as tanning can affect treatment frequency and results.
  • Can I shave after laser hair removal?
    Shaving is permissible after laser hair removal, but it's advisable to wait a few days to allow the skin to heal fully. Shaving immediately after treatment may irritate the skin. Waiting until the skin has completely healed, usually within two weeks, helps prevent potential irritation and complications.
  • Is waxing immediately after laser hair removal recommended?
    Waxing immediately after laser hair removal is generally not recommended, as it can risk damaging the skin. To achieve optimal results, it's best to avoid waxing between laser sessions and allow the treated area to heal properly.
  • When can I shower after laser hair removal?
    It's best to wait at least 6-8 hours after a laser hair removal session before showering, although waiting up to 24 hours is advisable to allow the skin sufficient time to recover. Showering immediately after treatment is not recommended due to skin sensitivity. Using cold or mildly warm water and avoiding hot water helps prevent irritation.
  • Is laser hair removal safe during pregnancy?
    Laser hair removal is generally not recommended during pregnancy due to potential risks to the fetus.
  • Can laser hair removal be performed over a tattoo?
    It's generally not recommended to perform laser hair removal directly over a tattoo, as it may cause discomfort or alter the tattoo's appearance.
  • What are nose fillers?
    Nose fillers, also known as non-surgical rhinoplasty, can be used to straighten or reshape the nose, addressing asymmetry or imperfections in the bridge area.
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