treat any clients under
the age of 18.
“If you want to look refreshed, rejuvenated and like the best version of you, then you want injectables. The versatility of injectable treatments make them suitable for everyone from their 20’s to 60’s. We can soften wrinkles, restore volume, correct asymmetry or define contours. Whatever your goal, all treatments are done at a speed to suit you, so results can either be achieved gradually for a subtle approach or instantly for a special occasion. “
Dr Toni Phillips, Clinical Director, DestinationSkin
TreatmentsOver xx clients treated a week
Locations16 clinics nationwide
Treatment Time15 - 60 mins
What are injectables?
Injectable cosmetic treatments are non-surgical procedures designed to combat the signs of aging, make skin appear smoother and eliminate unsightly marks on the skin. There are a number of reasons why you may wish to undergo an injectable cosmetic procedure to reduce the appearance of lines or wrinkles including:
- exposure to the sun for a pro-longed period of time
- damage caused to the skin from smoking or alcohol
- a decline in collagen levels caused by aging
- decline in the skins natural volume caused by fat loss
Injectables can be used on almost any part of the body but the most common areas include: the face, from the nose to the angle of the mouth (the nasolabial folds – or smile lines); the lips, to help enhance them; to help shape the cheeks, nose or chin and between the eyebrows (the glabellar lines). They can also be used to help excess sweating and improving the appearance of veins.
What is the difference between Botox® and fillers?
While both will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, they work slightly differently depending on the problem area being treated. In its simplicity, the main difference is one fills the wrinkle while the other relaxes the muscle that is causing the wrinkle.
Will undergoing an injectable treatment hurt?
On a scale of 1-10, on average, the pain is about a 2 or a 3 but people may experience different levels of pain, depending on their own pain thresholds. However, most new filler products now contain a mixture of local anaesthetics meaning that the pain is considerably lower than that of previous filler treatments. If you do have a low pain threshold you can also ask for a numbing agent to be applied. The doctor or nurse will advise each step of the way as part of the consultation process.
Are injectable treatments expensive?
Injectables are normally charged by area and will depend on how qualified / experienced the doctor/nurse is. Prices can start from £100 up to £350 for the same procedure. It can feel like a very expensive treatment, especially as it’s not a permanent solution but it’s not a treatment that you would want to skimp money on. Cheaper unregulated practitioners could be using unauthorised products from foreign countries, meaning that it’s difficult to tell the quality or concentration of the product they’re injecting. We only use products from reputable manufacturers such as Allergan, Merz Aesthetics, Galderma and Q-Med, so make sure to check what your Doctor/Nurse is using.
Are there any complications associated with injectable treatments?
There are very few risks associated with dermal fillers and injectables, however in extremely rare cases if you’re unhappy with the results of a filler, there is a treatment that helps minimise the results. Only doctors, dentists and independent nurse prescribers should prescribe and administer injectable treatments as they have extensive knowledge and training about the anatomy and physiology of the body and so you know you are in safe hands. At DestinationSkin, we only use internationally recognised suppliers who rigorously test our products and undergo clinical testing. All products are approved by the FDA and are certified medical devices for use as dermal fillers or carry the European CE mark. Furthermore, all of our doctors and nurses are registered with their respective governing and regulatory bodies which include the NMC, GMC & GDC whilst our clinical staff are trained to administer aesthetic injections.
Will it be noticeable?
We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients get the natural look that they are after. Often no one notices unless you tell them. And as much as we want you to have the result you’re looking for, if we think it’s in your best interest to not have anymore, we won’t treat you. We want you at your best.
How long does it last?
On average we say 3 months, but some fillers can last up to 18 months. Once the results have worn off your muscles have retrained themselves so you’re less likely to notice it wearing off until your muscles return to how they were. We do not use any permanent filler in our injectable treatments. All of the products we use are semi-permanent and are broken down by the body over 6-9 months.
How do I get the best results from my injectable treatment?
Your personal practitioner will outline the best aftercare for your injectable treatment but as a general precaution:
- Don’t apply make up for 12 hours unless mineral powder based
- Don’t drink anything too hot or cold (if you have had a lip treatment)
- Use perfume free moisturiser if you
You can’t drink any alcohol during the 24 hours before this treatment. We also advise that you avoid using aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs a couple of days before your treatment (unless they are taken for a chronic medical condition). Avoiding these medications will reduce your risk of bruising at the point of injection. Ask your medical practitioner if you have any concerns.
Common post treatment questions
If you are new to injectable treatments it is normal to be anxious about your post-treatment results. At your consultation your medical injector will have discussed common side effects that may occur after a treatment, however if you still feel unsure it is important to get in touch with us as soon as you can.
- Redness, swelling, mild itching on or around the injection site is normal after treatment and generally subsides within one to two days although we recommend you allow 2 weeks for full resolution.
- After lip or dermal filler treatment results can take up to 2-4 weeks to be fully seen.
- Botox can take between 2 – 14 days to start working and for the full effects to be visible, this is very dependent on the individual and their genetics. An opportunity for a review appointment may have been made for you. If you are happy with the results you can contact your clinic to cancel this booking however if you would still like to attend your review or make a review booking contact your clinic and they will be happy to get you booked in.
Q: How does Botox work?
A: Botox is not a chemical or poison so please do not believe any myths you may read in magazines or online.
When injected into a human muscle, this purified protein binds to receptors on the muscle and block the signals telling the muscle to move or contract. When the muscle is relaxed, the skin overlying it is therefore also relaxed. Immediately, you will see a smoothing of the mild to moderate lines on the skin. Some of the deeper lines may still be visible, but they will look softer. Another way the Botox works is due to the skin not being traumatised by daily movement, and it can then slowly repair for a smoother appearance.
Q: How long does the treatment last?
A: The manufacturer of Botox confirms in their guidelines that the muscle will remain relaxed for 3-4 months. After this time, the muscle will generate new receptors and slowly regain all movement. In some people, this can take a little longer, and the lines may not re-appear for 5-6 months, so it may seem that the treatment has lasted longer.
Q: When should I repeat my Botox treatment?
A: Based on the fact that the muscle will begin to regain movement at 12 weeks, we recommend that you repeat your treatment between 3-4 months for the most effective maintenance of the results. This will ensure that the skin remains line free, or in the case of very deep lines, they will remain softer and potentially continue to repair.
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: Everyone has a different sensitivity to the feeling of a fine needle in the skin, but most people find that there is only a very mild discomfort associated with having Botox. The needles used are extremely fine and the treatment is over within minutes. For this reason, no topical anaesthetic is required.
Q: What will I look like after my treatment
A: At the injection points, the skin may look red, raised and slightly swollen. These effects only last up to 20 minutes. Bruising is uncommon, but it can occur. It is not a major problem and will heal within 5-7 days (or sooner with herbal Arnica). You will be given specific aftercare advice if bruising is expected. We recommend that before your treatment, purchase Arnica 30cc (Boots, Holland & Barrett and other stockists are available) and use it only following your treatment, as directed by your practitioner.
Q: When will I see the results?
A: Results will be seen 3-4 days following injection of the Botox. It will take 10-14 days for the full effect to occur and you will be offered a follow up appointment at that time to ensure that both you, and your practitioner are happy with the outcome.
Q: What if I don’t like the result or it’s too frozen for me?
A: Our Medical Injectors are experienced with all aspects of Botox and the type of results achieved. Botox treatment is not a ‘one size fits all’, and the injector will discuss the best ‘look’ for you in your bespoke, detailed consultation. We can assure you that your treatment will be delivered safely, and in accordance to your wishes. It is a popular treatment because most people are really happy with the result. Please understand, however, that we do not have a crystal ball and therefore cannot guarantee how much you will love the result!
Q: Is there anything serious I should be worried about before considering having Botox?
A: Please make sure you read the consent form thoroughly before agreeing to have your treatment. This will outline the main side effects and risks associated with Botox treatment. At DestinationSkin, our Medical Team are fully qualified, certified and experienced Doctors, Dentists and Nurse Prescribers. All the treatments will be performed inline with strict medical protocols and to a very high clinical standard. This will minimise any of the common side effects and risks, and this will all be discussed thoroughly in your consultation.
Q: How do dermal fillers work?
A: Dermal fillers are a clear gel made of Hyaluronic Acid that are injected into various layers of the skin to treat lines and wrinkles. They can also be used more deeply, under the muscles and fat layers to restore volume or enhance features such as the cheeks, chin, lips or nose.
Q: Is the treatment painful, and what will I look like immediately after?
A: Many practitioners no longer use a topical anaesthetic (numbing) gel as the skin physiology can be altered and it may compromise the final result. However, if you are very pain sensitive, or very nervous, the Medical Injector may apply some anaesthetic cream to make the procedure more comfortable.
Q: What will I look like immediately after dermal filler?
A: When the HA gel is injected into the skin to treat lines and wrinkles, the skin may become red and slightly swollen. These effects will usually settle in an hour or so. It is also possible for a bruise to occur, but this will heal in 5-7 days (or sooner if herbal Arnica is used – please see advice in Botox notes above). When the HA gel is injected into the deeper layers, there is usually much less redness and no visible swelling or other side effect seen. Often, a micro cannula (not a sharp needle) is used to inject HA fillers into the deeper layers, and apart from a small entry hole on the skin, no other marks are visible on the face. Your Medical Injector will discuss how they will inject the Dermal Filler, and the likelihood of visible marks on the skin, based on your treatment needs. In most cases, all redness, slight swelling or even mild bruising can be easily covered with makeup.
Q: When will I see the results of dermal filler?
A: The results of your HA Dermal Filler treatment will be visible immediately. Please remember, there may be some mild redness or swelling so that the final, natural result may take a few days or up to a week to see.
Q: How often will I need to repeat the treatment?
A: HA fillers usually last 6-18 months depending on the type of filler, the amount injected and the area treated. There are other factors such as your age, skin type, rate of ageing and facial anatomy profile that will also determine your specific treatment plan, and how often you will need to repeat your treatment. Your Medical Injector will discuss this with you at the time of consultation.
Q: How will I know if the side effects are normal, or something serious has happened?
A: After your treatment, the common effects are mild redness, slight swelling and possible bruising. The treatment area may feel tender to touch and all of these effects are normal, will subside in a few days, but may last up to a week. Each day everything should improve slightly and the area should look more normal and feel better.
It is very uncommon to have any serious side effects, however if you do experience any of the following, please call the clinic immediately, or if after hours, seek help from a GP or A&E:
- swelling that is getting worse as time passes
- increase in pain and getting more severe with time
- skin feeling hot, redness increasing and becoming worse in time
- skin near the treatment area or along the side of the nose looking pale/white or greyish in colour on the day or day after the treatment, and pain increasing in this area
- generally feeling unwell in the days following your treatment
Q: What if I don’t like the results or it looks too unnatural?
A: Our Medical Injectors are experienced with all aspects of HA Dermal Fillers and the type of results that can be achieved. Dermal filler treatment is not ‘one size fits all’, and the injector will discuss the best ‘look’ for you in your bespoke, detailed consultation. We can assure you that your treatment will be delivered safely, and in accordance with your wishes based on a thorough consultation. Dermal Fillers are a popular treatment because most people are really happy with the results. Your Medical Injector will endeavour to completely understand your expectations, however we cannot guarantee how much you will love the result!
Q: Is it safe to have any treatment if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: We do not recommend that you have any injectable treatments if you suspect or can confirm that you are pregnant. We also recommend that you have completely finished breast feeding before returning for your aesthetic treatments.
Q: What can I do to ensure I get the best results from my injectable treatments?
A: Here are a few tips to optimise the outcome of your treatment:
- Avoid having any alcohol the day before your treatment. This will help to minimize the chance of bruising.
- In the week before your treatment, try to avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other type of anti-inflammatory medication as this will also increase your risk of a bruise occurring.
- For Botox – please do not plan to have any other facial treatments (peels, facials, waxing, threading, semi-permanent makeup) for a week following your treatment. It is ok to have these treatments at any time before your Botox visit.
- For Dermal Fillers – please do not plan to have any other skin treatments (peels, facials, microdermabrasion, micro needling) for 1 week prior and 2 weeks after your dermal filler treatment.
- If you have been unwell with a cold virus, cold sore (herpes) or any other skin rash or condition, please phone the clinic to check if you should still attend your appointment. Your general medical health is important, and we are happy to reschedule your aesthetic treatment if necessary.
- After your treatment, please closely follow the aftercare advice given to you by your Medical Injector, and please do not apply anything else to the treatment area, unless previously discussed.
Q: How long does lip filler treatment take and is it painful?
A: A topical anaesthetic cream (numbing) will be applied to your lips for up to 10 minutes before the treatment. This will make the procedure a lot more comfortable. A skilled Medical Injector will be able to perform the procedure in a few minutes, and most people find that it is not too bad in terms of discomfort.
Q: How can I be sure that my lips won’t look to big or unnatural?
A: Our Medical Injectors at DestinationSkin are very experienced with lip fillers and the types of results that can be achieved. The syringes come in 1ml or 0.5ml (half) sizes and the correct amount of filler will be discussed with you at the consultation. Factors to consider are the result desired, the natural size of the lip before treatment, the proportion of the lips relative to the face and the age of the client. It is not always the case that a half syringe (0.5ml) is the best option even for a light enhancement. Your Medical Injector will discuss this thoroughly with you before performing the treatment.
Q: Is it a good idea to bring in images of the type of lip I would like to have?
A: Yes, it is very useful for the Medical Injector to see any pictures of lips that you like. Please remember that not all lips are the same, and a particular lip shape or size may not be suitable for your face. The best ‘look’ and realistic result will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation.
Q: How will my lips look after the treatment?
A: As soon as the filler has been placed, the Medical Injector will show you the result. This will be an almost accurate idea of how your lips will look. However, there is usually a small amount of initial swelling, and this will increase for the next 12-24 hours. The day after the treatment, your lips may be quite swollen and look too big and unnatural. This is completely normal and will only last 12-24 hours. There is no way to avoid this swelling, so we recommend that you allow for this when planning your day after the treatment, particularly if you don’t wish for anyone to know! The risk of bruising to the lips is higher than any other areas where dermal fillers are used, and it is relatively common to have moderate to severe bruising. This will last 5-7 days.
When you arrive home after your treatment, apply ice/cold pack to the lips for 20 minutes. This may help to minimize or prevent bruising. Taking Arnica 30cc for a few days following your treatment, will also help to clear bruising in a shorter time.
Q: How long will lip filler treatment last?
A: Usually a lip filler will last up to 6 months. There are many factors that determine how long the filler will last including: the type and amount of HA filler used; how many times the lips have been filled before and the age of the client. The Medical Injector will give a good indication of the expected longevity of each treatment based on all the above factors.
What our clients say
I have just booked my second treatment at the Bristol Branch. The staff are very friendly and approachable and will spend time discussing products and treatments. I saw Marie for my Botox treatment and I was very pleased with the results and felt that I was in experienced hands. The ladies on the front counter will share their thoughts and experiences having used a lot of the products so you get valuable input to help you decide what is right for you. I will happily return again and book different treatments.
What our clients say
I have been going to the City branch for just over a year. I went initially for advice on how best to treat my acne breakouts on my face. The therapist Daniela went through all the options and explained in detail what I should expect. I bought a course of skin peels and some home care products, I was so pleased I decided to continue with monthly facials “My skin has never looked healthier” not to mention my confidence improved, as a result I have recently visited Dr Jones for anti wrinkle treatment and lip fillers. She made me feel at ease. My next investment will be laser hair removal before the summer. I have recommended my friends and they have offered me £50 for referring my friend. Win win. Just fantastic!
Sarah, City Clinic
What our clients say
Recently had a Consultation and treatment for Dermal Fillers with the Dr at Destination Skin Basingstoke. She was very honest and gave me great advice. I was particularly nervous as I’ve never had any injectable treatments before but she explained everything so well. I look revived! Everyone keeps saying how well rested I look but no one has guessed I’ve had anything done. Very happy client!