Every 3 months I will visit the Secret Brow Society in Sheffield to do a pop up clinic! Bookings, prices and deposits are strictly via Maria at The Secret Brow Society. Please do contact her for more information on dates or to be placed on the waiting list.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What brands of filler do you use?
I prefer to use brands that are the market leaders - such as Juvederm, Restylnae/Emervel and Perfectha. This is because the more widely a product is used worldwide, the more confident I can say that it is safe to use. Also I want you to feel assured that these companies are going to be here in 20 years time and therefore have long-term accountability. My concern with these new companies is that if they go out of business, in the future you will not have a company to seek guidance from regarding their product.
2. How long does filler last?
This depends on your body, the type of filler we use, the volume, the way I place it and where I use it on your face. For lips, I would say you are doing well if the filler lasts 6 months. Of course, I hope it lasts much longer but I would rather be pessimistic with you so that you are not disappointed. Filler in other regions like the cheeks, nose or mouth to nose lines are likely to last 6-12 months on average, even up to 18 months for some patients.
3. What volume should I have?
This depends on how naturally full your baseline lip is and what your desired result is. If it is your first treatment, in 80% of cases I advise 0.5ml volume. But there are many other factors to consider. For instance, the more natural volume in your lips, the more the HA filler will be "diluted." It also depends on your definition of subtle. I like all my lips to look natural but I will get some patients who do not want a noticeable result and others who want to see a definite increase in volume.
4. Does it hurt?
There is some discomfort associated with the procedure but everyone's different - some people feel no pain at all! I prefer to use numbing cream as opposed to a dental block because I need you to move your mouth during your procedure. Most people are used to experiencing and managing discomfort well, for instance when they encounter period pains, waxing, threading, tattoos etc. Your procedure is not likely to last more than 15-20 minutes so I ask that you stay as calm and still as possible and before you know it, the procedure will be completed. Many of my patients return for repeat treatments so I think that speaks volumes that whilst there is a degree of pain, it is worth the result!
5. What if I don't like the result?
That is a risk you must expect. Whilst I will spend a significant part of the appointment with you discussing your expectations and taking you through the consent, there is a chance you might not like the result. Do remember that it can take up to 3 weeks for a procedure to settle and getting dream lips is often a journey. If you already have asymmetry or scarring, this can make the treatment more challenging and future treatments may be required for incremental improvements. However, do remember that hyaluronic acid fillers are temporary are are likely to be broken down by the body in 3-4 months (for 0.5ml treatments). There is also the option to use hyaluronidase to reverse the treatment completely but this is undertaken once other options have been exhausted and only if you are suitable for this treatment.